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Who is cutting deodar, oak trees belonging to the Mussoorie Cantt Board?

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By SUNIL SONKER

Mussoorie, 17 Jun: Damage is being caused to the forests of the Cantonment Board with the alleged connivance of its officials. Deodar and oak trees are being cut from the forests of Lal Tibba and Khatta Pani area.

Environmentalists have expressed concern and demanded the government save the forests of the Cantonment Board.

Mussoorie Cantonment Board is known for its lush green and dense forests. There are precious oak and deodar trees in this area, the cutting of which has been completely banned by the Central Government. Despite this, the forests of the Cantonment Board are in danger. These days, some forest mafias are cutting down oak and deodar trees from the forests of the Cantonment Board. Recently, precious deodar and oak trees were cut near Lal Tibba too, evidence of which is still present. Similarly, trees have been felled in the Khatta Pani area of Cantonment Board Mussoorie. The evidence of this is present there, the cut trees are also lying there. The forest mafia is cutting precious trees in the forests of the Cantonment Board through some big collusion, in which the connivance of the officers of the Cantonment Board is being alleged.

DFO, Mussoorie, Amit Kanwar took cognisance and sent a team of the forest department to the spot. It was found that about 5 to 6 deodar trees had been cut recently and about a dozen more trees had been cut earlier. He said that this area of the Cantonment Board does not come under his jurisdiction. The Cantonment Board is responsible for taking care of its forests. He said that when he reached the spot to control the forest fire in the Lal Tibba area, he saw that many precious trees had been cut, regarding which he wrote a letter to the CEO of the Cantonment Board Mussoorie and asked him to protect the forests, but it is clear from the recently cut trees in Khatta Pani that this is not being done. He said that he will soon talk to the higher officials about the matter so that the forests of the Cantonment Board can be saved. The environmentalists of Mussoorie have expressed concern over the cutting of oak and deodar trees openly and fearlessly in the Cantonment Board. The land mafia seems to have now set its eyes on the Cantonment Board area as well. The demand has been raised for the government to take strict steps to save the forests of the Cantonment Board. An attempt was made to contact the CEO of the Cantonment Board in this regard, but he could not be contacted.