NAGAON, Nov 24: Around 3,785 hectares of forest land in six forests under Kampur range in Nagaon Forest Division have been encroached within the last twenty years and encroachers also settled 17 villages in those six forests. It came to light in a recent survey report initiated by the state Forest department.
As per the survey report, around 1,250 hectares of forest land have been encroached in Lutumari forest, 2212 hectares of land in Borpani forest while 139 hectares in Jukuta forest, 110 hectares in Dhansila forest, 44 hectares in Palkhana forest and 32 hectares of forest land in Madhabpara forest have been encroached by the people from nearby areas as well as from other districts.
It is noteworthy to mention that all these forests covered around 6,600 hectares of land earlier and marked it as an evergreen zone of the district.
Taking the issue as a major concern as well as a threat to the biodiversity of the forest, the then range officer of Kampur range, submitted the survey report to the authority concerned of state Forest department for initiating immediate lawful action against those encroachers in July last.
Significantly, the authority concerned of the state forest had paid no heed to the survey report till date and stored it in the office shelf instead of taking action to clear the encroachment, sources added.
Conscious people of the district urged the government to take adequate measures to clear the encroachment in those six forests under Kampur range as early as possible and also appealed to conduct a massive tree plantation drive in the entire area so that the green environment could be sustained in the area again.