PART-III: Armed protectors turn mute spectators to felling of green forests
GREEN GOLD IN DANGER: PART-II
Reports said that the illegal deforestation in the dense green patch of district Doda is
FPF men have arms, power, mission and assigned task to protect the forest felling and smuggling of Green Gold, yet, the entire system seems defunct and the goals, which were set to safeguard our future are being nowhere in focus. However, our leaders had been claiming of doing wonders but on ground, these claims look only political in nature instead of forest/environment friendly.
With the deforestation going on rampage in the higher reaches of
Though the Village Forest Committees (VFC) had been formed by the Forest Department but these members instead working for protection of green trees are working in contrary and offering their help to encroachers for smoothly carrying operation of forest land encroachments.
Reports said that in Compartments No 34, 35 and 42 which fall in
Relevant to mention here that in
Moreover thousands of kanals of forest land is being encroached year after year, which is used to raise crops at many compartments.
Reports added that large scale green felling and encroachment of forest land have been done in some of the compartments of Marmat range of Forest Division Batote.
Worth mentioning here that Ex-Union Water Resources Minister, Prof. Saif-ud-Din Soz in the recent past while addressing a press conference had said that the heavy deforestation was responsible for land slides and sliding of hills in the Doda region along Baglihar Dam.
He had added that the landslides were occurring due to extensive deforestation which makes earth loose its ground and not because of Baglihar dam, Prof. Soz had said.
Relevant to mention here that due to landslides (mainly due to deforestation) early this year people of Doda and Kishtwar districts had remained cut off from rest of the world after a massive landside occurred near Assar, 35 km from the dam.
(FOR PART-1 click : http://ajmeralam.blogspot.com/2009_08_02_archive.html
FOR PART-II click : http://ajmeralam.blogspot.com/2009/08/green-gold-in-danger-jk-govt-in-deep.html)