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Fri, 27 Mar 2020

Northeast Today

Over 7,000 trees being cut to widen NH-51

Over 7,000 trees being cut to widen NH-51
January 23
08:43 2020

NET Bureau

Over 7,000 trees are being felled along the NH-51 due to ongoing widening works. The under-construction road will be around 54 km long and will connect Tura to the border town of Dalu in West Garo Hills.

The road, which is being constructed under the supervision of the National Highways Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (NHIDCL), is being constructed in a hurry with massive earth-cutting and felling of trees. Initial metalling on some sections has also been completed, though a lot of work still remains to be done.

The felling of trees is being supervised by the State Forest Department with depots being set up to stock up the wood. A lot of the trees that have been felled include high-value varieties like sal and teak.

Sources said trees that are being felled, lie in non-forest areas outside the purview of the Forest Department.

“It is sad to see so many trees being cut, but we also need the road. We are helping in cutting down the trees and storing them in depots. The entire stock belongs to the NHIDCL as it has paid royalty for the entire road and its stock,” said DFO, Western Range, Sachin Gavade.

Gavade added that once the tree felling process is complete, the stock would be auctioned by the NHIDCL in conjunction with the State Forest Department.

He added that a request has been made to the NHIDCL to plant at least double the number of trees that have been cut once the road is completed.

“It is a part of their CSR activity as well. So we will see plantation of a large number of saplings to compensate for the loss of trees,” added the officer.

Source: The Assam Tribune

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