Pune: Area Sabha Association of Pune (ASAP) has written a letter to Commissioner of Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) requesting him to send out directives on priority basis to concerned PMC departments in order to ensure that illegal practice of drilling nails and advertisements on trees and choking the base of the tree with concrete be stopped immediately, as per the prevalent laws and National Green Tribunal order.
The letter said that the illegal practice of nails being pierced on trees for purpose of affixing advertisement, as well as concretisation around the base of the trees, should be stopped.
Vaishali Patkar, President of ASAP, said, “Under the Maharashtra (Urban Areas) Protection and Preservation of Trees Act, 1975, Section 21 stipulates punishment on conviction with a fine of not less than Rs 10,000, and also with imprisonment for a term of not less than one week, which may extend up to a year.
“So even after this rule existing, it has never been implemented and there are nails pierced on trees without fear,”
Patkar said, “We want to bring to the notice of the PMC Commissioner all the laws under the tree act due to which these actions could be stopped. Several NGOs of the city have already done a lot of work of nail-free trees after which we have sent the letter to the Commissioner.
“But we have been told to draft another letter where focus points should be mentioned.
In a few days, we will be meeting the Commissioner for the same.”