By Mohd Majid Malik
Bhaderwah: Forest Department, Bhaderwah has launched a massive anti-encroachment drive in Baderwah area of Doda district and retrieved about 3000 hectares of forest land from the encroachers.
The drive was carried out by a team constituted by Divisional Forest Officer, Bhaderwah under the guidance of the Conservator of Forests, Chenab Circle, Doda. The team led by the concerned DFO visited various compartments in Neeru , Charalla, Khellar and Bhalessa range and removed the encroachments.
Reports said that despite stiff resistance, the Forest department succeeded in retrieving 3000 hectares of forest land from the possession of encroachers. The team also removed barbed wire and brush wood fencing put up by encroachers in Bhalessa ,Bhaderwah, Kellar and Charlla range. Officials of the department said that the anti encroachment drive would continue in the coming days.
“A demarcation committee for cracking down on the `heavyweight’ encroachers has been formed and for this a special control room is functioning round the clock,” DFO T B Singh said. “I have instructed my range officers to start from influential people,” he said. “These forests were pride of Bhaderwah people but some people want to encroach upon it. All those involved shall be punished. All constructions along the forest area are banned,” Singh said.