Ganderbal, July 06: At least 20 joinery mills and 11 bandsaws units which were operating illegally in Harran-Shallabugh in central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district were sealed by sindh forest department on Monday.
An official told the news agency—Kashmir News Observe (KNO) that they have been receiving complaints regarding illegal operations of some joinery mills and bandsaws in the area following which a joint team of forest officials under the supervision of DFO Sindh, headed by Range Officer Harran Shallabugh, A.D forest protection along with B.O Town Ganderbal sealed these units.
Divisional forest officer Sindh range, Owais Farooq Mir said that a joint squad of forest officials was constituted to look into the alleged illegal operations of various units in the district.
“Many such units in Ganderbal district which are operating illegally and are crushing timber in blatant violation of rules, thereby furthering damage to forests, the team sealed 20 joinery mills and 11 bandsaw units. Notices were also issued to 11 Bandsaw units and a joinery mill,” he said.
He further said that such drives will be carried out continuously in other ranges of the district as well.