Order of the Supreme Court regarding felling of 202 trees in the Perumalai forest for laying of road, Dindigul, Tamil Nadu, 22/04/2019

  • 22/04/2019

Order of the Supreme Court in the matter of In Re: T. N. Godavarman Thirumulpad Vs Union of India & Others dated 22/04/2019. The application has been filed seeking permission for removal of 202 nos. of trees in the Perumalai Reserve Forest at Lingavadai Village in Natham Taluk, Dindigul District from L. Malaiyur Forest Road upto Rajakadu Km 0/0 – 2/800 for laying road.

As per CEC report permission can be granted subject to certain conditions which includes approval to be obtained under the Forest (Conservation) Act, 1980 and the conditions on which such approval has been granted be fully complied with including payment of Net Present Value (NPV) and compensatory afforestation to be undertaken in the nonforest area identified for the purpose.

SC grants permission for the laying of road subject to the condition that that a six monthly report be submitted to the CEC with respect to plantation and its rate of survival and growth of newly planted trees. The first report should be submitted within six months, thereafter, in every six months, it has to be submitted to the CEC for a period of five years.