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Water supply department axes trees, locals lodge DDR

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Sangrur, September 10

In an alleged contempt of the National Green Tribunal's (NGT) order, the Water Supply and Sanitation Department today axed fully grown trees, including the ones more than 150 years old, on its land here.

"On the petition of area residents last week, the NGT had passed the order that no tree along the Telephone Exchange road should be axed. However, five trees have been axed in contempt of the NGT's order. We have got a DDR registered," said Jasinder Sekhon, an area resident, who had moved the NGT.

The department has axed the trees to construct the office of district executive engineer.

Superintending Engineer Sukhminder Singh Pandher said he was not in his office when the incident happened, adding that he was oblivious to the axing of trees.

"I have joined work here recently, and I am not aware about the NGT's order. All paperwork to construct the office was completed by my predecessor. I will look into the matter and take appropriate action," said executive engineer Jaspreet Kaur Mann."We are conducting an inquiry into the matter," said SDM Babbandeep Walia. — TNS



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