BOKO: The State Forest Department has allegedly failed to stop deforestation in the reserve forest areas under the West Kamrup Divisional Forest Office.
The Singra Forest Reserve (RF), which is a beautiful forest reserve surrounded by various invaluable trees, will very soon be turned into a desert because, more than 100 immature Sal and other invaluable trees have been cut in the last two days by timber smugglers. Singra RF is situated between Boko and Singra where people use to cross the forest area through NH 17 and its distance is 7 km. While crossing the area, most people take rest and click photographs.
Now the dense forest has changed due to the alleged negligence of the forest department. Every day timber smugglers are allegedly cutting Sal trees and selling them in the riverine areas of the mighty Brahmaputra. Some conscious people of the area alleged that due to the support of some forest department officials, smugglers get the chance to cut trees. Forest officials have seized saw mills in the riverine areas but they have allegedly never tried to stop the deforestation which happens in reserve forest areas near the range or beat office.
Sources informed that smugglers cut trees and transfer wood logs through hand carts and stock them somewhere in nearby villages. From there smugglers send the timber to riverine areas through Tata Di mini trucks and other trucks. When asked, the DFO of West Kamrup division said that he would visit the areas personally and then take action in the matter.