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Illegal saw mills pose serious threat to ecology

By Correspondent

KALAIGAON, March 13 � The increasing numbers of illegal saw mills operating in BTAD have posed a serious threat to the ecology of the whole state. One can easily see such illegal saw mills under small sheds in most of the BTC villages.

Because of the indifferent attitude of the BTC administration, such illegal saw mills have been growing in number in the villages. With a working capital of just one lakh rupees, anyone can set up a mill without any permission or licence. Thousands of trees are destroyed daily, which is posing a serious threat to the ecology in the state.

It needs mention that except in a few wildlife sanctuaries, reserve forests and national parks, big trees are not seen nowadays. The decrease in the number of trees like simalu has compelled a few species of birds to migrate to new locations or to die unnoticed.

The massive destruction of forests in Assam had started during the Assam movement and later during the Bodoland movement.

It may be mentioned that a huge consignment of illegal timber ferried in two tractors had been intercepted by some alert people on the night of March 2 at Tegabari near Kalaigaon town. The timber was brought from Panbari area. Kalaigaon police headed by Bidyut Bikash Barua tried to seize the timbers, but influential political leaders compelled the police to release the tractors and timbers on March 3.

In another incident, a fifteen-member forest team headed by Haladhar Kalita,Range Officer, Nonai Range Office under Khalingduar Reserve Forest raided the premises of two illegal saw mills operating at Ranthali village near Kalaigaon on March 9. The forest team seized two complete sets of saw mill machinery worth Rs 2 lakh and timber worth Rs 5 lakh on the spot. But hundreds of local people gheraoed the forest officials demanding release of the seized items.

Bankim Sarma, DFO, Dhansiri Forest Division, Udalguri told mediapersons that the forest policy of the government must be changed with the change of time. According to him people of the villages would plant more and more plants on their own if ownership rights of the planted trees are given to the owners. Under the present rule people are not allowed to cut or sell any valuable trees even if planted by the owners, on their own lands.

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Illegal saw mills pose serious threat to ecology

KALAIGAON, March 13 � The increasing numbers of illegal saw mills operating in BTAD have posed a serious threat to the ecology of the whole state. One can easily see such illegal saw mills under small sheds in most of the BTC villages.

Because of the indifferent attitude of the BTC administration, such illegal saw mills have been growing in number in the villages. With a working capital of just one lakh rupees, anyone can set up a mill without any permission or licence. Thousands of trees are destroyed daily, which is posing a serious threat to the ecology in the state.

It needs mention that except in a few wildlife sanctuaries, reserve forests and national parks, big trees are not seen nowadays. The decrease in the number of trees like simalu has compelled a few species of birds to migrate to new locations or to die unnoticed.

The massive destruction of forests in Assam had started during the Assam movement and later during the Bodoland movement.

It may be mentioned that a huge consignment of illegal timber ferried in two tractors had been intercepted by some alert people on the night of March 2 at Tegabari near Kalaigaon town. The timber was brought from Panbari area. Kalaigaon police headed by Bidyut Bikash Barua tried to seize the timbers, but influential political leaders compelled the police to release the tractors and timbers on March 3.

In another incident, a fifteen-member forest team headed by Haladhar Kalita,Range Officer, Nonai Range Office under Khalingduar Reserve Forest raided the premises of two illegal saw mills operating at Ranthali village near Kalaigaon on March 9. The forest team seized two complete sets of saw mill machinery worth Rs 2 lakh and timber worth Rs 5 lakh on the spot. But hundreds of local people gheraoed the forest officials demanding release of the seized items.

Bankim Sarma, DFO, Dhansiri Forest Division, Udalguri told mediapersons that the forest policy of the government must be changed with the change of time. According to him people of the villages would plant more and more plants on their own if ownership rights of the planted trees are given to the owners. Under the present rule people are not allowed to cut or sell any valuable trees even if planted by the owners, on their own lands.