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DC initiates inquiry after advisor intervenes
Axing of 300 walnut trees in Budgam
8/21/2018 11:20:57 PM
Early Times Report

Srinagar, Aug 21: Taking cognizance of the report published in Early Times, highlighting illegal felling of Walnut trees in connivance with some government officials, the Deputy Commissioner Budgam has initiated probe into the axing of 300 walnut trees allegedly in violation of J&K Reservation of Specified Trees Act by a private transmission company which is erecting transmission towers and lines in several villages of Budgam.
As reported already the local timber mafia are having a field day due to lack of checks and balances in more than a dozen villages. As work on erection of towers and laying of transmission line is going on from last one year in Khans
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hib and Chadoora sub divisions of Budgam district, authorities have failed to curb this illegal trade.
Sources say that as the matter has been brought into the notice of Deputy Commissioner Budgam Dr Sehrish Asgar by the office of Advisor to Governor B B Vyas, the DC ordered a probe into the matter on Tuesday. A delegation of villagers had met with Advisor B B Vyas on Monday in Srinagar.
Sources say that in addition to walnut trees many forest trees such as Kail and Fir have also been axed in Kachwari, Darwan, Kanidajan and Pakherpora areas of Budgam PP Forest division. The employees of power company, revenue department and Forest (SFC) are said to be in league in this scam.
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