Assam | Unauthorized Agar and Betel nut plantations uprooted

Guwahati: The forest department on Tuesday dismantled several dwelling houses and uprooted unauthorized Agar and Betel nut plantations in Batkai Tilla Reserve Forest under Karimganj Forest Division.

The forest department also dismantled four fisheries at Singla Reserve Forest.

Following this operations, the forest department claimed that they have freed around 15 hectares of land from unauthorized occupation.

Earlier, Minister for Environment and Forest Parimal Suklabaidya said, “Not an inch of forest land will be allowed to be encroached upon by neighboring States and also by local people and all will be evicted in due course of time.”

Reviewing the activities of Environment and Forest department, Suklabaidya said barring the people who have land rights under the Forest Regulation Act, all others will be evicted from forest land. The forest officials apprised the Minister that 2,436 hectare has been encroached upon by Arunachal Pradesh and 4,440 hectare by local people. 23 hectare encroached forest land has been evicted.

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