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AMC To Crack Whip On Societies For Misusing Tree Space

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AMC to crack whip on societies for misusing tree space

AHMEDABAD: Housing societies who have deviated from their commitment of maintaining trees on their premises after obtaining Building Use' (BU) permission are in for a flak.

For the first time in many years, the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC)'s town planning department will impose penalties on societies who have cut down trees and used the space meant for green cover for "other purposes".

What's more, the department will take photographs of the premises for evidence and to ensure transparency in the entire tree audit process. It will have to report the tree audit results to the garden department and maintain a register for the same. To start with, the AMC will zero in on societies who have been given BU permission in the last three years.

"We are currently working on the fines that would be slapped on defaulters. But our basic motive behind this notification is to sensitise people towards protection of trees," said municipal commissioner IP Gautam.

The Gujarat Development Control Regulations, 1994 says, "While applying for development permission, location of trees, at the rate of 1 tree for every 100 sq m of building unit, shall have to be shown on the site and layout plan. In case of a highrise building, the location of trees is subject to approval of municipal fire officer or fire safety consultant if appointed by AMC." The regulation further requires trees to be guarded by tree guards.

"The tree audit will be a yearly process for societies and the authorities would ensure that trees are planted as per the norm. We know that 70 per cent of the 5,000-odd BU permissions in the last three years have not been complied with. We are chalking out a strategy with the garden department that will help societies, who have lost trees, in re-plantation," added Gautam.

 

Source: TOI

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