₹1.20cr fine imposed on tribal man for cutting 2 trees in MP’s Raisen

Bhopal: A Madhya Pradesh forest division officer has imposed a fine of 1.20 crore on a member of an indigenous forest tribe for allegedly cutting two trees in the forest of Raisen district, calculating the associated fee on foundation of measurable and immeasurable advantages offered by trees, forest officers mentioned.

The fine was imposed on Chhote Lal Bhilala, 30, a resident of Silwani village of Raisen district, who was noticed cutting two sagaon (or sagwan; teak) trees at Singori Sanctuary on January 5. He was arrested on April 26.

Bamhori forest ranger Mahendra Singh mentioned, “According to study of the Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education, a tree provides intangible benefits of 52 lakh for 50 years. This includes oxygen supply of 11.97 lakh, 23.68 lakh for controlling air pollution, 19 lakh for soil erosion and soil filtration and 4 lakh for water filtration. The trees gives tangible benefits of 2 lakh. Therefore, a tree gives benefits of about 60 lakhs during its life span to people.”

In February, an skilled committee informed the Supreme Court that the worth of a tree is its age multiplied by 74500.

“The fine was imposed on the basis of benefits provided by a tree,” Singh added.

“Chhote Lal is a habitual offender and locals complained that he was involved in illicit felling of trees to sell it to a furniture shop,” he added.

However, Chhote Lal’s uncle Phool Bhilala mentioned, (*2*)

Madhya Pradesh forest division’S principal chief conservator Rajesh Shrivastava mentioned: “I have asked divisional forest officer, Raisen to share a report on this issue because it’s a first of kind matter for the state.”

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