Jharkhand CM orders removal of sawmills within 5km radius of forest area

Ranchi, June 15: All sawmills within five kilometers of Jharkhand’s forest zone will be removed.

Chief Minister Hemant Soren rejected the Forestry Department’s proposal to regularize sawmills operating within five km of the pre-1996 forest zone in the state.

In a statement issued by the chief minister’s office on Wednesday, it was said that Hemant Soren had ordered the Forestry Department to take immediate action to remove all sawmills within a five kilometer radius of the forest area.

The directive aims to control the illegal felling of trees in notified forest areas.

The considerable impact of this decision by the Chief Minister will be felt on the state’s forest and environment in the coming days. This will also control illegal logging in forests. At the same time, wildlife, forests and vegetation will also be protected.

Action against illegal sawmills began immediately after the Chief Minister’s directive.

The Forestry Department has seized a huge amount of teak timber by raiding four illegally logged sawmills located in Sarath and Sarwan blocks of Deoghar district. Also, these sawmills were completely demolished by the forest service.

Incidentally, the Chief Minister had earlier last month also given strict instructions to shut down the illegal mine (Jharkhand Illegal Mining) operating in the state. In this regard, he indicated that in the district where illegal mines would be operated, action would be taken against the senior officers of that district. After this order, police administration action on illegal mines and crushers in various districts of the state intensified.

Every day there were news of the closure of illegal mines. People also hailed this step of chief minister. Especially the inhabitants of the coalfield say that there have been many accidents due to illegal mining, while repeated explosions in the mine negatively affect their homes, including pollution.

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