started this petition to
Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh
Deforestation is a big
problem in McLeod Ganj, Himachal Pradesh. The Dalai Lama's home in exile is an earthquake-prone area, (Zone 5, highest risk), as well as one of the wettest places in
India. These trees not only provide valuable structural support to the ground,
and therefore to the existing buildings and hillsides, but are also an important part of the
has become a construction boom-town over the last few decades and as a result,
a lot of illegal felling of trees has taken place within the town itself, and
its forested environs.
is clear in the state of Himachal Pradesh - NO green trees are permitted to be
cut, whether they are on private, municipal or public land. Permission to chop from the Forest Dept. can only be sought and
obtained if the
tree(s) endanger life or property.
powerful individuals have flagrantly broken this law by obtaining fraudulent
permission to cut trees for ‘endangered structures' that have
not even been built !!,
or alternatively, by obtaining permission to cut 1 or 2 trees and then going on
to cut many, many more.
several articles have recently been published in the Tribune newspaper,
high-lighting this environmental criminality, the Chief
Minister has intervened and ordered an inquiry into the illegal felling, and has mandated that it be completed in 7 days.
So as an area
of high earthquake risk and high erosion/landslide risk which is due to the
regular heavy monsoons and accelerating deforestation, a place of diverse flora
and fauna, a popular tourist destination, and a haven for one of the most beloved of world leaders -
the Dalai Lama, we urge you to
make sure that this inquiry leaves no stone un-turned and that ALL the culprits
are brought to justice.
political influence should have no bearing on what questions are asked and to whom. We want an end to the fraudulent permissions
being granted to the land owners and developers.
your help we can save our precious forest. Please sign and share this petition.