HC halts felling 4,000 trees in Manikganj
Published : Wednesday, 14 February, 2018 at 12:00 AM Count : 63
The High Court (HC) on Tuesday directed the government to maintain the status quo on felling 4,000 trees by the Singair-Manikganj road in Manikganj district.
The court also issued a rule asking the authorities concerned to explain as to why their decision to cut down the trees should not be declared illegal.
In the rule, it wanted to know why directives should not be given to preserve the trees after revising the road construction plan.
An HC bench comprising Justice Zubayer Rahman Chowdhury and Justice Md Iqbal Kabir passed the order after hearing a writ petition that challenged the legality of the decision to cut the trees.
Manzurul Islam, a lawyer from Manikganj, filed the petition attaching a report published in a Bangla daily on January 25 over felling 4,000 trees by the Singair-Manikganj road
Petitioner's counsel Jyotirmoy Barua told journalists that the trees on the road cannot be felled following the High Court order.
Road Transport and Bridges, and Environment secretaries, Deputy Director of the Department of Environment, Chief Engineer of Roads and Highways Division, Deputy Commissioner of Manikganj and the Officer-in-Charge of Singair Police Station were asked to respond to the rule within four weeks, he said.
Earlier on January 18, the HC halted the felling of century-old trees along the Jessore-Benapole road following protests against a government decision to cut them down.