Deforestation in Lampi poses serious threat to environment
FROM A CORRESPONDENT
BOKO, February 8: Around 3,000-4,000 valuable trees have been allegedly cut down by smugglers in the last 45 days in Rani area of Lumpi, around 30 km from Boko. The trees, including Teak, Sal and Titasaap, were the pride of the area and these trees always conserved the land of the area.
According to local people, the smugglers prepared a kaccha road from Rani to Lumpi and simultaneously cut all the valuable trees in the area. Many a times, villagers informed the forest department and also the administration. But no steps were taken allegedly to stop this deforestation.
When asked DFO Bhabesh Das said, “The forest department does not have sufficient armed forces, vehicles to launch an operation against timber smugglers. The district administration also fails to provide sufficient force or vehicles.” But as per local villagers, everybody including police and civil administration officials are involved in this conspiracy.
“In September 2014, the area faced cloud burst for the first time and complete area was devastated by floods which claimed 14 lives. Cattle perished and 24,000 houses were damaged. Now, people are afraid this type of deforestation will cause regular cloud burst and frequent flood,” said Benedict Alok Areng, a social worker.