JORABAT, Oct 6 - The Forest department bungalow that was built at 14th Mile, Morokdola, under the Sonapur Forest Range, Morokdola Forest Beat, now wears a deserted and damaged look as no one stays in the bungalow, alleged the local people staying in the vicinity. Ajit Tumung, who is also a ward member of the Morokdola area of No. 57 Barkhat Gaon Panchayat, pointed towards the gates of the bungalow, which have been rusting and have remained closed since years, said the bungalow is only used as a picnic spot now during the New Year and during winter vacation. He said people from different places come to the bungalow campus and use it as a picnic spot and Forest officials are seldom seen there.
The tin sheets and the interiors of the bungalow have all been damaged due to lack of care by the Forest department. According to the local residents, lakhs of rupees was spent on constructing the bungalow, but there is no single official to take care of the bungalow now.
When the Forest Beat Officer of the Morokdola Forest Beat was quizzed on the reasons behind the abandonment of the bungalow, he told this correspondent that they had informed the higher officials about the bungalow, and that it has not been inhabited for years. He also said that termites have damaged the sofas and mattresses of the bungalow and hence, the bungalow, which was made for higher officials of the Forest department for staying, had to be abandoned. As nobody stayed in the bungalow, no care could be taken. In the meantime, he also informed that the Forest department was not able to sort out the issue and even the DFO of the area visited the area, but in vain. He said the department is trying to sort out the issue. He said that the bungalow was built by incurring a heavy expenditure, but it could not be used as less care was taken in maintaining it subsequently.
It will be interesting to see what the department does in future to repair the bungalow and start using it again.