Revenue officials uproot 62,500 teak plants from 60-acre land
Korba (Chhattisgarh): Making
mockery of the much-hyped slogan “Save Environment and Save Planet-Earth” as
well as the campaign launched to encourage people for maintaining ecological
balance through plantation, the government machinery has uprooted 62,500 teak
plants on Tuesday.
According to sources,
as a part of the campaign, the Forest department had got nearly 62,500 saplings
of teak planted in 60-acre land at Rogbahari under Balco Nagar about three
months ago. Surprisingly, the Revenue department, claiming that the land was
allotted for Aluminium Park, got these plants uprooted on Tuesday.
Balco forest range
officer Sanjay Luthar, while speaking to this reporter, said that the land that
comes under revenue forest was allotted for planting saplings. For this the forest
department had taken No Objection Certificate (NOC) also from the Forest
committee, in the year 2014-15. It was shocking that the sub divisional
magistrate Gajendra Singh got these plants uprooted, he added.
According to Luthar,
the forest department officials had asked the revenue officers to show the
order for uprooting the plants but citing the collector’s order, the officers
denied showing the copy of the order.
Reena Babasaheb Kangale told this reporter that “Nobody can encroach revenue
land in the name of plantation. The land was reserved for Aluminium Park and
its clearance is pending with the Ministry of Environment and Forest. It was
totally an encroachment. The saplings are being shifted not destroyed.”