North Kashmiri’s Kupwara district is witnessing ruthless deforestation as timber mafias are active in cutting prized Deodar and Kail trees in the forests. Locals told KNS correspondent that heavy damage is caused by the smugglers to the green treasure in forest range Kamraj including compartment number 11. “The cutting of green trees from the forests is not only ruining the natural beauty of the famous tourist destinations of the District but also badly affecting the environment,” they said “There is no check to the same by the authorities as the forest officials are in close nexus with smugglers,” they claimed. The locals of the area have demanded that the concerned Forest Minister Bali Bhagat should immediately take steps to stop the illegal practice of felling trees.
2015 Kashmir Despatch