Assam Forest minister to adopt ‘zero tolerance policy’ towards encroachment of protected areas
In its continued drive against illegal encroachers, an eviction operation was carried out in Borduar Reserve Forest under Kulsi Range in Kamrup West Division on Thursday.
According to sources, forest officials, with the help of the district administration, dismantled two illegal structures and cleared 1.5 hectare forest land.
Meanwhile, Minister for Environment and Forest, Parimal Suklabaidya said no one will be allowed to encroach on forest lands, wildlife sanctuaries and national parks across the state.
“Eviction will be carried out if anyone is found encroaching on forest lands, wildlife sanctuaries, national parks, biosphere reserves and other protected areas,” he said, adding that the government will adopt a zero tolerance policy against encroachments on forest lands and other protected areas.
We cannot allow encroachments on our forest lands as they serve as oxygen concentrators and also put the lives of our present and future generations at peril," he added.
(Edited by Christopher Gatphoh)
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