Over 5 lakh trees to be felled under Pancheshwar dam project

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B.D.Kasniyal

eNewsDesk

PITHORAGARH, December

A total of 5.54 lakh trees will be felled for the construction of  Pancheshwar Dam reservoir, a joint venture of India and Nepal.

The resurvey of  these trees according to their  species will begin soon. Teams which  will  survey the plant  species  include  members from forest, revenue  and WAPCOS, the company that  prepared the  Detailed Project Report of the  dam recently. This was  informed by Champawat district magistrate Dr Ahmed Iqbal here.

The   reservoir of proposed Pancheshwar Dam, that will be over 90 km long, will be spread in three districts of Pithoragarh, Champawat and Almora districts.

 “ The representatives of WAPCOS will be  told to  compensate  for the   damage of the  felled trees because of the project while forest  officers will provide  expertise to  identify  species of the trees” said the  district magistrate .

According to the sources the  resurvey of plants falling under the Dam,  is being conducted on the orders from the  state Government. “ We have ordered a joint   forest survey committee comprising of officials from revenue,  forest department along with WAPCOS officials which has started its operations from 20th of this month and is undertaking survey as well as identifying  species of  all 5.54 lakh  trees that will be part of the Pancheshwar reservoir ” said  Dr Ahmed Iqbal,  district magistrate Champawat.

According to the district magistrate, the  WAPCOS, that has  released the DPR of the project  some time  ago has  already mentioned the species in its report but that information was found  insufficient in mentioning  the species of the trees coming under the  project.

“The work of resurveying of the tree  species  will be  completed by January 10 next year”, DM added.

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