Daler Mehndi Fined After Breaching Punjab Land Preservation Act


It was only in June this year that singer Daler Mehndi launched his campaign for students to plant more trees. The following hashtags were used #GreenWithDaler #DalerMehndiGreenDrive #DalerMehndiGreenWorrior #SurkshaSetu.”

Well, news has now broken that the South Haryana forest division has gone ahead and levied a huge fine on Daler Mehndi for cutting down trees. Not just any tree’s, but trees in the protected Aravallis area.  Forest officials found that his helpers had chopped over 150 trees in Sanp Kni Nagli area at the Sohna Aravallis. The forest officials have also directed that the helpers must plant sapling around the area to compensate for the loss of massive tree cover.

It has been found that more than 400 trees were cut during the last two-three days to make way for a farmhouse. The land which comes under the purview of General Section 4 of the Punjab Land Preservation Act (PLPA).

Tree species, including neem (Azadirachta indica), papri (Holoptelea Integrifolia), ronjh (Acacia leucophloea) and vilayati kikar (Prosopis juliflora) have been felled.

There is a cow shelter adjacent to the plot owned by the singer. The area is surrounded by hills that have thick vegetation of dhau (Anogeissus pendula). The hills have many seasonal waterfalls and a seasonal drain (known as barsati).

Locals said tree felling was started on Friday. “We were shocked. As many as 200 trees were removed on Friday itself. As the land is owned by a renowned singer, not many objected to tree felling. Forest department officials, however, visited the site and took about 200 logs into their custody,” said a villager, requesting anonymity.

A forest official said the land falls under the laws of the Punjab Land Preservation Act (PLPA) and the department issued a “damage report”. “We have already issued a damage report for about Rs. 90,000 against the landowner for felling 196 trees. Also, we have directed the landowner to plant at least 10,000 trees in the area,” said Deepak Nanda, district forest officer, Gurugram.


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