In a landmark decision, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed the Arunachal Pradesh government to initiate immediate action to stop illegal logging in the state.
The NGT’s direction came after hearing a case filed by Jorjo Tana Tara, a resident of Seijosa, pertaining to illegal logging reported in Papum forest under the Khellong forest division.
A bench comprising Justice SP Wangdi and Expert members such as Dr. Satyawan Singh Garbyal, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, DFO (Khellong Division) and the National Tiger Conservation Authority directed the state government to act against the ongoing illegal logging.
It has also been directed by the NGT to identify the hotspots of the state where illegal felling of trees and deforestation are taking place. It further directed to constitute a high-level committee headed by the Chief Secretary to put into action within a month.
The NGT further asked to enhance the strength of the forest personnel in the state at all levels considering the size of the huge tract of forest land that plays the role of a carbon sink and is considered the lungs of the country.
The NGT also said that urgent steps are required to conserve and further nurture the natural setting of the state.
However, the direction of NGT is not only confined to Papum Reserve Forest but for the entire state.