HC directs TN Govt to enact law on removal of Seemai Karuvelam trees

The Madurai bench of the Madras high court on Monday directed the Tamil Nadu government to enact a law with prohibitory and penal clauses within two months to eradicate seemai karuvelam trees (prosopis juliflora). It also directed the government to release perennial funds to the district collectors in the state for removing of the seemai karuvelam trees.The seemai karuvelam tree that sucks a lot of water has invaded into water bodies and dry lands of government and private people. Since such trees ultimately affect the agricultural activities, a batch of cases for their eradication was filed before the high court bench.The court, which had ordered removal of those trees in the thirteen districts that come under its jurisdiction, on February 10 directed to remove those trees in the entire state. Accordingly, the authorities concerned in the districts are taking steps in that regard.The Special Government Pleader contended that the performance was better in Thoothukudi and Tirunelveli districts, and that the other districts will complete the eradication as soon as possible. The court should provide them more time, he said.Vaiko further said that one Prema of Aralvaimozhi in Kanniyakumari district had lost her life when her hut was set ablaze as a fallout of a fire accident in the seemai karuvelam woods near her residence and that her 10-year-old son has been suffering since. “The government should be directed to provide adequate compensation to the child,” he cried.A division bench of Justices A Selvam and P Kalaiyarasan directed the former MP to file a separate affidavit.Directing the government to introduce the Act, the Bench warned that the HC judges, who inspected three districts, will continue their surprise inspection. The collectors were asked to clear the species within 15 days. The Principal District Judges (PDJ) and Advocate Commissioners should inspect and submit their reports on March 20, the Bench ruled.

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