An aerial view of Kavaratti, the capital of Lakshadweep. File picture.
Administration indiscriminately lowering trees for a roadway project: petitioner.
The southern bench of the National Green Tribunal has approved an interim stay on felling of coconut trees in Agatti Island in Lakshadweep for the function of forming a beach road.
The bench of Justice K. Ramakrishnan and skilled member Saibal Dasgupta directed the Union Area of Lakshadweep and the Lakshadweep Public Functions Department to preserve status quo as of July 30 and not cut any more coconut trees till the next hearing in November.
The applicant, Agatti Island Kera Karshaka Sanghom, moved the Tribunal alleging that the administration was indiscriminately cutting down coconut trees for forming a beach road, which was versus the Integrated Island Management Plan of Lakshadweep developed on the basis of the report of the expert committee designated by the Supreme Court and headed by former Judge of Supreme Court of India Justice R.V. Raveendran.