The Department of Environment (DoE) has fined Khulshi Club Limited of Chittagong Tk2 lakh for illegally levelling hills.
The fine was slapped during a hearing at the DoE’s Chittagong Metropolitan office on Sunday, said Chittagong DoE’s Assistant Director Sangjucta Das Gupta.
“The club authorities have been asked to pay the fine within 15 days. Otherwise legal action will be taken against it,” she said.
Md Yousuf, who attended the hearing on behalf of the club, said that some portions of the hills were razed to level the club's grounds.
Earlier, the DoE had served a show-cause notice to Khulshi Club for illegally cutting hills.
According to the Environment Conservation (Amendment) Act 2010, no government, semi-government or autonomous organization is allowed to cut or raze hills without prior permission from authorities concerned.
According to the law, cutting of hills is a cognizable offence and those responsible might have to stay up to two years behind bars or pay fine of Tk2 lakh, or both.
If the offence is repeated, the person or organization shall face 10-year imprisonment or be fined Tk10 lakh, or both, according to the law.