According to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the council administration was fined for illegally uprooting several palm trees which is condemned under the law stating that actions that bring permanent change or damage to the environment is strictly prohibited.
Although EPA did not confirm the fined amount, according to VTV’s sources, the council was fined for MVR 50,000.
EPA has also ordered the council to plant more trees to compensate for the palm trees they uprooted which exceeded the allowed limit. The Agency is also looking into the cases of 10 other island council administrations who are alleged to have acted similarly.
The uprooting of healthy, strong plants damage the plant as well as the soil beds they have been planted in. It weakens the soil beds which in turn gives way to soil erosion; if impacted heavily could destroy many inhabited islands in the country. Due to this, many concerned citizens have taken to social media voicing their concern over the uprooting and transferring of the plants to developing resorts as a quick fix for their landscapes.