BAIHATA CHARIALI, April 22 - The North Kamrup Forest Office Division has realized substantial revenues from different sources during 2017-18, a senior Forest Department official said while sharing inputs with ANN Service on revenue collections.
Bankim Sarma, Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) of North Kamrup Division, informed that the division has been able to realize revenue to the tune of Rs 41,35,434 from minerals and timber during the said period. �During the period, the division had seized 286.058 cubic metres of sand, 115.34 cubic metres of stone and 17980.50 cubic metres of earth, which were ferried illegally and in this connection, the division had seized 54 trucks, 57 mini trucks and 25 other vehicles which were used for illegal operations.
Similarly, the division had also seized 170.535 cubic metres of illegal timber and realised a fine of Rs 60,000 in this connection. The Department had seized five trucks, 18 mini trucks and four other vehicles for transporting timber illegally. A timber shop was also seized and two persons were arrested for their involvement in illegal timber business. The DFO further added that the Forest Department has intensified its operations in various parts of the areas in order to check timber and sand smuggling. �We have been successful in containing smuggling due to strict vigil from the Department side,� he said, adding that the operation would continue on the basis of seizures made by the Forest Department employees.