Forest officials visit mangroves burning site

Times News Network, May 24 2017

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A team of state forest officials from the mangroves cell recently visited the site next to Palm Beach Road where a large patch of mangroves was set on fire by some miscreants. A panchanama will soon be prepared to take action against the culprits.

City-based activist Anarjit Chauhan, who had earlier complained about the mangroves destruction in the area and also shot a video recording of the same, said, “While the site inspection was carried out by the forest officials, the panchanama report has not yet been completed. This time delay may lead to further damage to the environment. There are already people living inside the mangroves, near the NRI Complex. They may burn more mangroves in order to illegally reclaim the land next to Palm Beach Road.”
Chauhan added that he had told officials that merely slapping the Environment Protection Act, 2001 is not enough.
“Stronger laws must also applied in order to punish those damaging our precious green zone,” he added.

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