Pune : PMC warns stringent action & fine for tree cutting; Appeals not to cut/burn trees ahead of Holi festival

Pune : PMC warns stringent action & fine for tree cutting; Appeals not to cut/burn trees ahead of Holi festival

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The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) stated that people who cut, burn or damage trees will get a fine till Rs 1 lakh.

As per further information from the PMC,The Maharashtra (Urban Areas) Tree Preservation Act, 1975 has been implemented in the jurisdiction of the Pune Municipal Corporation. The Tree Authority functions under the Maharashtra (Urban Areas) Protection and Preservation of Trees Act, 1975, Maharashtra (Urban Areas) Tree Protection and Preservation Rules, 2009 and the order dated 20 September 2013 of the Bombay High Court.

Under the Maharashtra (Urban Areas) Protection and Preservation of Trees (Amendment) Act, 2021, it is an offense to burn, cut or in any way harm a tree without a permit. Such an offense is punishable with a fine equal to the value drawn but not exceeding one lakh rupees, using such method as may be notified by the Government.

Hence, all the citizens of the city are requested not to cut down any trees on the occasion of Holi.

If any person is felling trees without permission or reducing the extent, please complain to the Municipal Assistant Commissioner and Tree Officer / Tree Authority Office, Pune Municipal Corporation of the concerned ward office or toll free number – 18001030222, WhatsApp No 9689900002 or you can also register a complaint on the complaint portal http://www.complaint.punecorporation.org or send an SMS Alert to mobile service number 9223050607 without delay.

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