Assam: Memorandum on Forest Devastation Submitted by NGO
Due to continuous chopping of various valuable trees by smugglers, forest cover is getting affected in Assam's Tinsukia district
GUWAHATI : A memorandum has been submitted by the Environmental Group, 'Green Bud Society' to Narsing Pawar, the Deputy Commissioner of Tinsukia. The memorandum revolved around the issue of destruction of forest cover in Assam's Tinsukia district.
The note stated that, it is a matter of concern, as the illegal coal mining in Patkai region is deteriorating the entire ecology and atmosphere. Timber smugglers mercilessly cuts off valuable trees, leading to extreme deforestation in the areas. The memorandum mentioned about the Hollong trees present in reserve forest, that is being chopped for illegal purposes in Tinsukia district.
Furthermore it added that, the smugglers use variety of sophisticated machines in chopping off the trees. The locals are tense about the situation, and are afraid of losing the forest cover very soon.
It is worth mentioning that, due to rapid increase in industrialisation, forest cover is slowly diminishing in India. Devojit Moran, the secretary of Green Bud Society, stated that industrialisation should be carried out without harming the ecosystem.
The policy makers should focus on preserving the forest cover, along with establishing more industries. An incident took place in Tinsukia district on September 2022, where three workers died in an illegal rat hole.
The cause of death was suspected to be due to inhalation of some sort of poisonous gas like methane. All the deceased were under the age of 30, and were residents of Goalpara and Bongaigaon district.
The rat hole was situated on top of a hill and the incident took place when the labourers entered the place at 8:30 pm. Nonetheless, a team of police detained five persons who allegedly tried to bury the bodies to cover up the incident.
A senior police official stated that illegal coal mines are gradually increasing in Ledo and Margherita of Tinsukia district. Coal smugglers are secretly running rackets in these regions
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