SRINAGAR — Revealing large scale irregularities in Forest Division Shopian, locals have demanded Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to probe looting and irregularities taking place in the division.
Reliable sources told CNS that the forests under the Shopian and Romshi range have been brought to the brink of complete destruction. The market for loot is hot in the compartments which come under Shopian and Romshi ranges including Dabjan, Methwani, Kathuhalan, Sahduw, Laji Gathen, Tharina, Nagwan, Keller, Mujh Pathari, Sangerwani areas of forests in Pulwama and Shopian.
Sources also said that the compartments of Kathu Hallan, Majh Pathri and Thyroon block include RB-28, RB-29 and RB-30 on which the government has spent a huge amount on CAMPA closures. However, large-scale irregularities have been revealed.
Sources said that substandard material was being used in these CAMPA closures and that it involved the collusion of the Division Forrest Officer (DFO) with the hired contractors.
Meanwhile, sources also alleged that large scale looting was going on in compartments RB-27, RB-28 and RB-26 under green filling in Kathuhalan and Majh Pathri, during which green gold was approved by the contractors and an open waiver of deduction has been given.
Meanwhile, local sources added that if the deployment of clean and transparent administration and honest division forest officer in the division was not carried out immediately and that the former administration was deployed, then the Shopian and Romshi range of forests in green gold will be completely eliminated in the future.