Ludhiana, June 13, 2019: In a bid to free illegal occupation and encroachments from government lands and to help save our environment, the Punjab Forests Department has been making dedicated efforts to remove encroachments and illegal occupation from its lands. Today, 55 acres more land located in Mattewara area was cleared of illegal occupation with the help of police. This land would now be developed into “Forest area” in a systematic manner so that it adds to saving our environment.
It is pertinent to mention that under the Ludhiana division, around 627 acres of land was under illegal occupation, which has now been vacated with the efforts of Divisional Forest Officer Ludhiana and “forest area” is now being developed there.
While providing information, Mr Charanjit Singh, Divisional Forest Officer, Ludhiana stated that today, 55 acres of land located at village Mand-Uddowal near Mattewara-Rahon Sutlej bridge has been cleared of illegal occupation by the department. He informed that this land was under illegal occupation for a long time and with the efforts of Forests Minister Mr Sadhu Singh Dharamsot and Deputy Commissioner Mr Pradeep Kumar Agrawal, this land would now be developed into “Forest Area”. He informed that work of planting tree saplings have been started in this particular land from today itself.
He further stated that some persons had encroached upon prime forest lands under Ludhiana Division for quiet some time. While acting on the directions of the state government, several efforts were made to get this land vacated from illegal occupation and 627 acres of prime forest land is now free from any kind of encroachment. Now, forest area is being developed on this land in a systematic manner.
He informed that the lands vacated from illegal occupation include 175 acres in Haider Nagar Jungle under Mattewara Range, 79 acre in Hadiwal jungle, 19 acre in Gopalpur Bulendwal Jungle, and 2 acre in Salempur jungle area. Similarly, in Jagraon range, 147 acre in Kot Umra Jungle area, 80 acre in Gorsian Khan Mohammad jungle and 70 acre in For Majri jungle area under Samrala range.
He informed that efforts have been made to ensure that these lands worth around Rs 220 crore remain encroachment free now. He informed that special plantation campaign under the supervision of Forests Minister Mr Sadhu Singh Dharamsot is being undertaken on these lands now.
It is pertinent to mention that for this feat, Mr Dharamsot had honoured Mr Charanjit Singh, PFS Divisional Forest Officer Ludhiana, Mr Pritpal Singh, Range Officer Mattewara, Mr Mohan Singh Range Officer Jagraon during state-level function on occasion of Van Mahotsav in the year 2018.