Hyderabad: Medchal District Forest Officials on Monday slapped Rs 20 lakh penalty on a real estate firm for large scale tree felling. 

As per the Forest department officials, a real estate firm Vasavi Green Leaf Ventures in Bommaraspet in Keesara mandal, Medchal-Malkajgiri district had cut trees to expand their venture. 

Following a complaint, District Forest Officer Venkateswarlu conducted an inquiry into the incident. During the inquiry, it was found that the management of the firm had axed hundreds of trees without any prior permission. A case was registered under the Water, Land and Trees Act (WALTA) and to compensate the loss of the greenery the officials have been slapped a fine of Rs 20 lakh. Besides, the real estate firm has to plant trees in a big way.
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