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Tree felling case to be heard in NGT on Nov 27

19/11/2018 at 7:11 PM

Bhubaneswar: Taking strong note of the cutting of large number trees at Balarampur in Dhenkanal district for building a brewery, the National Green Tribunal today asked  State government to reply on the tree felling incident on November 27.

The Green court has accepted a petition filed by one Bijay Kumar Majhi and agreed to hear on November 27.

The court directive comes hours after the Chief Minister cancelled the proposed beer bottling plant in Balarampur village. On the basis of RDC report, the CM directed the authorities to stop the project.

The Opposition parties came down heavily on the government for felling over 500 trees from Jhinkaragadi forest near Balarampur to acquire land for the brewery. Despite stiff resistance by the villagers to protect their forest, the district administration had cut down sal trees from the forest in presence of police.

The BJP first raised the issue in the Assembly while Congress also supported.

Later on yesterday, the CM ordered stoppage of tree felling and asked RDC to probe the matter.

The proposed beer factory was expected to come up on 600 acre of forest land. On November 3, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had laid the foundation stone for the project through video conferencing.

On the other hand, the residents of Balarampur, who convened a meeting today to continue their protest against the beer bottling plant, expressed pleasure over the government decision, but demanded adequate compensation for the number of tree felled down and afforestation programme on the same land.

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