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NGT asks panel to file report on ‘illegal’ tree felling in J&K

NEW DELHI: The National Green Tribunal today granted a week’s time to a committee, formed by it, to file a report regarding alleged illegal and unauthorised felling of large number of trees in Ramban district of Jammu and Kashmir.

A bench headed by NGT chairperson Swatanter Kumar asked the Additional Chief Conservator of Forest of the area, who was appointed the chairman of a panel constituted by the tribunal, to explain why the report has not yet been filed despite its order.

“If the averments made in the petition are correct, it is a very serious matter. The whole forest has been wiped out,” the bench observed.

“We have not yet received the report. The Additional Chief Conservator of Forest of the area shall also explain why the report has not been filed. List this matter for February 7,” the bench, also comprising judicial member Justice Raghuvendra S Rathore and expert member Bikram Singh Sajwan, said. (AGENCIES)

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