Damage to trees: Forest dept slaps 4.5 lakh penalty on PWD

Shimla - Alarmed over serious environmental damage at the Kacchi Ghati green belt, the forest department today slapped a penalty of Rs 4.5 lakh on the erring Public Works Department (PWD). The PWD has also been sent written orders to stop the work at the site and take immediate steps to restore the damage already caused to the trees. Any further defiance of the orders will call for invoking legal options and also arrest of the officials, the forest department warned.