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Haridwar, August 21
Instances of illegal logging of trees in Haridwar has come to light. Although tall claims have been made by the Forest Department with regard to intensified vigil over the green cover in the city, the illegal practice is going unabated.
Over 400 trees have been illegally cut in the recent past. Of them, 90 trees were government property and 300 private. No permission was sought to cut these trees.
Wood smugglers are having a free run as most of the trees have been axed in the city zone area. Even the protected Rajaji National Park is being eyed by wood smugglers for which they get high returns in the market.
Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) Sanatan Sonkar said subordinate officials and employees had been given strict directions in this regard.
He said Forest Department and park authorities carried out joint operations and many wood smugglers had been nabbed by them.
He also added that many people on their private land got trees cut illegally so that they could utilise the wood for commercial purposes.
“Direction in this regard has been given to the concerned range officials to ensure that permission for cutting is only given those trees that pose danger to life and property,” said Sonkar.
The DFO added that investigation in this regard was going on after which stringent action would be taken against department employees involved in the matter.


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