The Tamil Nadu government is contemplating the adoption of a Tree Act modeled after the Delhi Tree Act of 1994. Once enforced, this legislation would penalize unauthorized tree felling with a potential one-year imprisonment or a fine of Rs 1000, or both. Recently, the state established green committees at district and state levels following a directive from the Madras High Court, aiming to regulate and monitor tree felling. This step would give these committees a legally binding role.
The proposed Act would make cutting, removal, or disposal of trees, including those on private properties, without prior permission an offense. Similar to the Delhi Tree Act, violators could face imprisonment or fines. Additionally, the state aims to plant 260 crore saplings by 2030.