The Forest Department of Assam has totally failed to stop deforestation in the reserve forest areas under the West Kamrup Divisional Forest Office. The Singra Forest Reserve (RF), which is a beautiful forest reserve surrounded by various invaluable trees, is to be converted into a desert very soon as more than 100 immature Sal and other invaluable trees have been cut within the last two days by the smugglers.
The Singra RF is situated between Boko and Singra where people use to cross the forest area through NH 17 and its distance is 7 kilometers. The dense forest has now changed due to the negligence of the forest department as smugglers have been cutting down Sal trees on a daily basis and selling them in the riverine areas of the mighty Brahmaputra.
Locals have alleged that the support of some forest department officials has made it easy for the smugglers in cutting down the trees and selling them. Also, forest officials have infrequently seized sawmills in the riverine areas but they never try to stop deforestation which happens nearby reserve forest areas from the range or beat office, locals added.
Sources have informed that smugglers cut down trees and transfer wood logs through hand carts and stock them somewhere in nearby villages and from there smugglers send it to riverine areas through Tata Di mini trucks and other trucks.
On being asked about the matter, District Forest Officer, West Kamrup division, Ranjit Knowar, replied that he will visit the areas personally and then take action on the matter.