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Destruction under garb of Development!
After destroying 40,000 trees in Pir Panjal, PGCL destroys hundreds in Kangan
9/9/2018 10:57:58 PM
Early Times Report
Srinagar , Sept 9: After destroying more than 40,000 trees in Pir Panjaal belt for establishing 440 KV DC transmission line, another Power Transmission company Power Grid Corporation Ltd (PGCL) has axed hundreds of Kail and Deodar trees in Kangan forests of Ganderbal. The pictures have gone viral on social media from last few days and authorities are yet to initiate a probe against the officials.
As reported already 40,000 forest trees were destroyed by private power transmission companies namely NRSS Ltd and Sterlite Power in the forests of Pir Panjaal from Samba to Baramulla Amargrah via Reasi, Rajouri and Poonch areas including Shopian. Chief Conservator of Forests Kashmir Farooq Geelani has admitted to this fact while speaking to a Srinagar based newspaper few days back.
Earlier Deputy Commissioner Budgam has initiated probe against the illegal felling of trees by a private power transmission company which has allegedly axed hundreds of trees in Budgam district alone. DC Budgam vide its order No : DCB/PS-Enquiry /439-42 Dated 3/9/2018 has appointed Additional Deputy Commissioner Budgam to probe into the matter. The ADC while submitting the report had refuted the claims of local villagers and activists. Infact ADC had recommended action to be taken against the persons who exposed this scam on social media and other newspapers.
Forest Department & State Forest Corporation (SFC) are under scanner as 300 to 400 forest trees (Kail) have been cut down in Neegu, Kanidajan , Laden and Buzgoo areas of Budgam district under the garb of laying 440 KV transmission line from Samba to Amargrah. Out of the 400 axed trees sources say that more than 200 felled trees are missing from the area. Forest department had even filed an FIR with Police Station Chadoora on August 21st 2018 but the culprits are yet to be taken to task.
As reported on August 18th by Early Times , the role of Jammu & Kashmir Forest department is under scanner as the department has allegedly failed to recover adequate compensation from the power company Sterlite Power which is executing a project under Northern Region System Strengthening Scheme (NRSS-29). Sources have revealed that hundreds of forest trees have been axed from Baramulla to Rajouri. The transmission line of the NRSS -29 passes through several districts of state including Budgam , Shopian ,Reasi , Poonch and Rajouri. In Kanidajan , Neegu , Laden and Buzgoo villages alone more than 400 trees have been allegedly axed by company . Early Times is in possession of photos and videos of this destruction.
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