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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.

Meanwhile, collector 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.”