PATHSALA: Illegal collection of sand from the banks of rivers like Pahumara and Kaldia as well as indiscriminate cutting of agricultural land are taking place in various part of Bajali district. Meanwhile, the AJYCP (Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuba Chatra Parishad) and the regional unit of AASU (All Assam Students Union) have demanded early action from the authorities concerned to stop these activities.
Moreover, the Forest department is also suffering huge loss in terms of revenue due to such activities. What is more, the tractors and dumpers that run in high speed are posing serious threats to the life of citizens. Many people have also lost their lives in the frequent road accidents in the area.
Surprised as to how such illegal activities can go on right under the nose of the administration, locals suspect that these have been possible owing to some secret understanding between some officials of the departments concerned and the parties involved in the illegal business of sand and land.
Continuous cutting of the riversides in Banglipara under Pathsala Forest Range have also exposed these areas to erosion and floods especially during rainy days in the monsoon season, apprehend the local residents.
The assistant general secretary of the central committee of AJYCP, Bijan Bayan has expressed strong resentment over the inaction of the administration. Besides, the regional unit of AASU has demanded immediate action from the authorities to preserve nature by taking action against the persons abetting and carrying on these illegal activities.