Judgement of the National Green Tribunal regarding felling of trees, Koomapatti, Virudhu Nagar Distict, Tamil Nadu, 03/08/2015

Judgement of the National Green Tribunal (Southern Zone, Chennai) in the matter of Muthukumaran Vs The State of Tamil Nadu dated 03/08/2015 regarding felling of trees in Survey No. 628/2, S. Kodikulam village, Koomapatti, Tamil Nadu and also to direct the respondents to find an alternative suitable site which does not involve any felling of trees for the construction of a Police Station and a TANGEDCO Sub-Station.

While the applicant is not opposed to the construction of the Police Station in the area, he is stated to have concerned with the felling of 480 coconut trees, 7 mango trees, 2 drumstick trees and other standing trees. The applicant states that he is one among 10 persons who are granted 2- c patta which confers them a right to use the lands and to harvest the produce of the trees which are stated to have been taken care by the applicant and others by watering etc. and they are the source of their income.