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Maharashtra Cabinet chaired by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray cleared an action plan to protect ancient and old trees aged 50 years and above in urban areas.
=> Cabinet approved the action plan to implement ‘Heritage Tree’ concept in Maharashtra.
=> This action plan was proposed by Environment Department headed by Aaditya Thackeray.
=> Action plan amends Maharashtra (Urban Areas) Tree Protection and Conservation Act, 1975.
=> Amendment will help in safeguarding green cover across urban landscapes and would also provide a robust mechanism to protect heritage trees.
What are those amendments?
=> Under the amendment, government will introduce “concept of Heritage Trees” and age of trees for their protection and preservation.
=> It will also ensure compensatory plantation which will have a net positive impact.
=> It proposes common land for plantation to be reserved and scientific methods like Miyawaki plantation should be followed.
=> Fines and penalties are being revised and maximum limit has been kept at up to Rs 1 lakh per tree.
=> With the aim of protecting significant number of trees, Maharashtra government will set up “Maharashtra State Tree Authority”. Authority will define utilisation of tree cess.
=> A tree expert will be a part of local Tree Authority to give expert opinion.
=> Chief officer of municipal council will be chairman of Tree Authority.
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