Wednesday, October 23, 2019 | ePaper
Take steps against deforestation
Even the state-owned Karnaphuli Paper Mills situated on 99 acres of forest land failed to accomplish bamboo harvesting and did not ensure proper management of land in the last few years which is a violation of the conditions outlined in the lease. The JS body recommended the ministries and department concerned to stop allowing unauthorised forest activities as part of livelihoods in forest areas to prevent people from occupying the land. Bangladesh had already lost forest resources of about Tk 1,800 crore for hosting the Rohingyas at Ukhiya and Teknaf upazilas in Cox's Bazar. It is estimated around Tk 456.08 crore lost for the disappearance of trees in 6,163.5 acres of hilly land area used to accommodate 30 makeshift camps and a total of Tk 1,400 crore in ecological damages.
The vegetation in Sundarbans, Shal forest of Gazipur, national reserve forests across the country has also been hampered. Influential people backed by the ruling party men and some businessmen in coherence with government officials have been grabbing the land. In some cases, we see the government's wrong policy is mainly responsible for present situation. The authorities concerned must realise that the forest is our national property and we must save it for the sake of maintaining the ecological balance.