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Strict order issued to ban deforestation at Tamenglong Gadai mountain

Strict order issued to ban deforestation at Tamenglong Gadai mountain

Strict order issued to ban deforestation at Tamenglong Gadai mountain

Source: Imphal Free Press

TAMENGLONG| Feb 8: Tamenglong deputy commissioner, Armstrong Pame has issued strict order to ban illegal activities along the Gadai mountain at Tamenglong headquarters on Wednesday. The order was issued when a team led by the deputy commissioner found illegal practices like felling of trees, animal rearing running of saw mill and also found a stone quarry at the forest area. The deputy commissioner of Tamenglong Armstrong Pame along with the Tamenglong police, the Rainforest Club Tamenglong and Wildlife warden Dr. Chambo Gonmei inspected the Gadai Mountain at Tamenglong headquarters on Wednesday. The team was disappointed to find many illegal activities on this mountain where the district administration and other concern department were planning to conserve the forest on this mountain, more importantly for water supply to Tamenglong HQs. Last year, the forest department and the district administration had visited this mountain in an attempt to conserve the forest. On their last leg they had marked out about 200 trees for conserving them. The team was disappointed to find the marked trees felled for timber and firewood by the local residents who were mostly migrants from other villages to Tamenglong HQs. The team also found a manual saw-mill that is used to saw the timber for planks. One Rainforest Club recounted that he had seen the cut timbers with numbers tagged to it last week. But those timbers were not found during the team’s visit. On the other side of the mountain the team also discovered a stone quarry where some local residents had cleared some part of the jungle to mint stone for resale. Still they found two buffaloes being tied to trees where animal rearing is banned. Some workers who were hired by a master to cut the timbers were taken to the police station for interrogation in this regard.