Ludhiana | Mayor for FIR against Forest Department on Sidhwan Canal Waterfront issue

The mayor claimed that the forest department had demolished concrete seats, bike and walking paths within a 1 meter radius of the trees at Sidhwan Canal Waterfront without prior notice to the MC and the action had caused loss to 25 to 30 lakhs

Mayor Balkar Sandhu has instructed Municipal Commissioner Pardeep Sabharwal to register an FIR against forest department officials for demolishing the concrete structures around trees at Sidhwan Canal Waterfront.

Citing National Green Tribunal (NGT) orders, the forest department had demolished concrete seating areas, bike and walking paths established within 1-meter radius of the trees on April 6 MC and it had caused loss worthy of 25 to 30 lakhs. District Forest Officer (DFO) Harbhajan Singh said the MC never received a certificate without objection from the Department of Waterfront Construction. He further stated that the action was taken in accordance with NGT instructions. Despite several attempts, MC Commissioner Pardeep Sabharwal was not available for comment. Ludhiana West MLA Gurpreet Gogi is expected to hold a meeting with MC and Forest Department officials in this regard on Wednesday.

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