Sub-divisional Magistrate (SDM) Bhaderwah Bhupinder Kumar (IAS) along with DFO and seized fresh Cedar logs worth lakhs in Bhaderwah Forest Area of Jammu. The wood was cut down by forest mafia at compartment 66 Neeru Range of forest.
Bhadarwah is popular for being the lone green area of Jammu region where black Cedar is found after Germany in the world. However in recent days wood mafia are cutting down not only the black cedar trees but also the green cedar and pine trees at an alarming pace.
On a tip-off information the this correspondent and social activist Sachin Singh Sambyal visited compartment 66 in Neeru range of forest division Bhaderwah and it was found that the green Cedar and Pine trees were extremely damaged. After observing and capturing dozens of fresh green stamps and logs of green Cedar trees, Sachin Singh Sambyal, a social activist and environment lover expressed his deep concern over the reckless cutting of green trees in the region. Sambyal alleged that forest department is defunct and demanded strict action against the officers of forest department who are involved in destruction and Smuggling of green gold. Environmental activists Manoj Kotwal have alleged large-scale felling of trees in the Forest division Bhaderwah particularly in Neeru range "Illegal cutting down of trees is a huge problem in this area. The chopped trees were being transported at night. It appears that the forest mafia, in connivancewith the corrupt forest officials, is continuously felling trees and clearing forests in Neeru range " Posted DFO Abijeet Joshi (SFS) accepted to the fact that such massive damage is not possible without the involvement of concerned forest officials and assured strict action against the erring officials.