The felling of standing trees from areas
close to Paradip port has sparked off a controversy.
Indiscriminate felling of trees from the
suburb areas of the port township has triggered public resentment particularly
at a time when sizzling summer with mercury rising above 40 degree has made
life unbearable for people.
The roadside trees which were providing
green and soothing ambience to Paradip are being pulled down since past two
days. Such mindless tree felling would aggravate the prevailing heat wave
conditions in Paradip, said green activist, Mr. Ayashkant Ray.
After the tree cutting activities
were brought to our notice, the forest department has initiated steps so that
further loss to tree cover is not reported from the area. For any form of
tree-cutting, forest clearance is mandatory. We have asked the NHAI for
compliance report on the tree cutting, said Divisional Forest Officer, Mr. Bimal