Dharamsala MC gets work on Tibetan colony stopped

Lalit Mohan

Tribune News Service

Dharamsala, August 13

The construction of a Tibetan settlement on forestland at Bhagsunag in Dharamsala in Kangra has been stopped following the intervention of the Dharamsala MC.

The MC also wrote to the Forest Department for further action in the case. Pradeep Thakur, Commissioner of the Dharamsala MC, says that after local people brought the matter to his notice, he visited to the place and found that a Tibetan settlement was being constructed on forestland. "The construction work was also a threat to many green deodar trees in the area. I got the construction work stopped. As an illegal building was being raised on forestland, the Municipal Corporation has written to the Divisional Forest Officer (DFO), Dharamsala, for further action in the matter," he adds.

DFO Sanjeev Sharma says that a team has been sent to the site and if any construction on forestland is found, a case under the Forest Act will be registered against the culprits. The team is yet to submit its report, he adds.

The Upper Dharamsala area comprising McLeodganj, Bhagsunag and Dharamkot has witnessed green deodar trees being axed for the construction of commercial buildings. About 200 cases of illegal construction on forestland on the road from McLeodganj to Dharamkot have been registered against Tibetans and are pending in various courts.

Residents said green deodar trees were dried up in the Dal lake area. On their complaint, the Forest Department has written to the Dharamsala MC to act in the matter, as the land on which the trees stood is a private land.

The Himachal High Court has also taken serious note of illegal felling of green deodar trees in McLeodganj. A tree officer was appointed in the Dharamsala MC to look into the matter. However, due to the failure of the authorities concerned to take strict action against the culprits, illegal felling of green trees is continuing.

Courtesy: Tribune News Service

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