Roads are being built in areas under Rajaji Tiger Reserve, allege wild life activists
The wild life activists alleged that some roads are being built in the area under the Rajaji Tiger Reserve during the annual embankment repairing work undertaken from Bhimgoda barrage along the Chilla route by the forest department. They further alleged that the roads are being built in the forest area thanks a nexus between some forest and the range officers. Queried over the allegation, the park director Sanatan Sonekar said that the work had remained stopped since Wednesday.
Wildlife activist Dinesh Pandey said while speaking to The Pioneer that a contract worth nearly Rs one crore had been given for embankment repair work in one km stretch from Bhimgoda barrage up to Chilla range. “Under the pretext of the work, some roads and tracks are being built at eight to 10 places in the area of the Rajaji Tiger Reserve through which tractors are moving to collect sand and stones. The stones and the boulders are being unloaded on the banks of the river barrage,” he said. He further said that when asked for documents in support of the ongoing work, the workers engaged in building the embankments had showed permission from the the principal chief conservator of forest (PCCF) Monish Mullick. This happened last year as well. However, then PCCF (head of department) Jai Raj stopped the work and declared that building tracks in the forest area was illegal,” said Pandey added.
Speaking to The Pioneer when quizzed over the complaints, the park director Sanatan Sonekar said that they had also received such information. “The embankment repairing work has remained stopped since Wednesday,” he added.
Saturday, 09 February 2019 | PNS | Haridwar
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