Rs. 25,000 fine has been imposed for cutting down a tree in Punjab. Lahore High Court (LHC) has taken this decision, in a bid to conserve the remaining forestry and greenery in the province.
Detailed guidelines have been given by Justice Jawad Hassan for all the federal and provincial departments that working in the province regarding the management, conservation, and protection of forests in the urban areas.
Justice Hassan, in the 78-page judgment, has made it compulsory for all housing authorities to at least plant two trees in front of every house they build.
The judgment read, “The Secretary Cooperative and Registrar Cooperative are ordered to issue directions to the housing societies and authorities for planting at least two trees in the green belt in front of each house mentioning in their allotment letters and by-laws of the society.”
Also, the court has stated that it is obligatory to plant trees in open spaces. These open spaces include schools, colleges, universities, hospitals, public places parking areas, etc.
The court has made this ruling after many petitions that asked for the National Climate Change Policy 2012, the National Forest Policy 2015, the Punjab Plantation and Maintenance of Trees Act 1974 and the Forest Policy Statement, 1999’s implementation.
The provincial government has been directed by the high court to make laws and impose fines on people who cut or damage trees without permission.