Bhubaneswar, July 28 (LocalWire): The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has now warned the Khurda District Magistrate and the Chandaka Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) of civil imprisonment for non compliance of tribunal’s 2019 order.
In a case relating to the use of forest land near Jaydev Vihar for non forest works.
The NGT had in May 2019 asked the Khurda Collector and regional DFO to inspect the site and take action accordingly.
It also asked them to submit a fact finding report and action taken report into this regard within two months. The respondents on multiple chances demanded delay in submission.
The report is yet to be submitted even after one year.
The NGT has now given one more chance to the officials to submit the report, otherwise, the NGT said it could take strict actions.
“In view of the continued non-compliance, we are of the view that appropriate coercive orders are called for against the members of the Committee namely, the District Collector and Divisional Forest Officer, Khurda district,” the NGT order said.
It also added, “But before we do so, we are inclined to grant one more opportunity to them to file the report before the next date failing which exemplary coercive orders shall be issued against them which shall include punitive measures like cost and civil imprisonment.”