Shopian: Wildlife protection department has stopped illegal constructions in Hirpora wildlife sanctuary. The Starlites company has approved compensation to the department.
The range officer of Hirpora sanctuary, Dildar Ahmad told Kashmir Reader that the construction works which were going on illegally or were violating the guidelines have been stopped with due effect.
Officials from department told Kashmir Reader that they have seized equipments of contracting agencies including Starlites and Tata Powers, who were laying transmission lines while violating guidelines and one VTL, a telecommunication company that was laying cables without the department’s permission.
Afshan Dewa, divisional wildlife warden told Kashmir Reader that they had already stopped the constructions but the companies attempted to re-start the work. “Now we have given them deadline of 24 hours to stop every work and vacate the logistics including tents lest we registered FIR against them,” she said.
Dewa said that Rs 2.47 compensation from Starlites has been received through demand draft by the wildlife protection department.
She said the department would take every immediate step to save the sanctuary from any kind of threat and those who violate the guidelines would not be spared.