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.