BARAMA, May 29 � Illegal sawmills are flourishing in some parts of Baksa district, particularly along the Bhutan border. But the authorities concerned have not allegedly taken any measures to seal these sawmills.
A lot of timbers illegally collected from forests are being supplied by trucks to these mills. Timbers of valuable trees like sishu, sidha, lalpama, jaam, titasopa, salakh, sagun, etc., are being supplied to illegal sawmills stationed at Nagrijuli, Suagpur, Guwalbari, Tamulpur, Naokata, Goreswar, Kumarikata, Bangalipara, etc. As a result, some businessmen are earning illegal profits.
It is alleged that the Range Office at Kumarikata Batabari under the Rangiya North West Forest Department and the local police stations have remained mute spectators in this regard. Logs are allegedly transported in mini-trucks and thelas to other places of the district and even outside. The Forest Department is losing huge revenue due to such illegal activities. But some employees working in the Forest Department in the district are also allegedly gaining from these sawmills along with the unscrupulous businessmen.
The people have urged the higher authorities of the Forest Department to take immediate action against the operators of these illegal sawmills at different places in the district.