TN Government to form a panel to study harmful ‘Seemai Karuvelam’ trees

The Tamil Nadu government has formed an expert committee to study the impact of seemai karuvelam (Prosopis Juliflorais ) trees, which were being removed as they were considered harmful for ecosystem, the Madras High Court was informed today.The AAG submitted that a seven-member committee under Chief Conservator of Forest (Research) as Chairman has been appointed by the government to go into various negative and positive aspects of this invasive species. The committee shall submit a detailed report within a period of three months.The counsel for the petitioner suggested that four experts be included in the committee to which the bench agreed and gave the necessary direction to the AAG. The AAG assured the bench that till the report is submitted by the expert committee, no felling of trees will be undertaken.A bench of Chief Justice Indira Banerjee and Justice M Sundar had given the direction, while putting on hold the court’s earlier order for removal of the trees, alleged to be harmful to the ecosystem.

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