Meghalaya: Illegal timber business continues in WGH; official turns blind eye
TURA | September 16, 2019:
Illegal business of timber still continues in Chibinang village under Phulbaro PS in West Garo Hills (WGH) despite all forms of authority, meant to control the menace, turning a blind eye to the happenings.
Interestingly, the trade is flourishing so much that two more new saw mills have also been added to the more than dozen that were already present in the village.
Chibinang is flanked by two forest gates, one nearby at Hollaidanga (run by state forest) and another by the GHADC as well as a police station. With such check points already in place, it should have been immensely difficult for any illegal trucks carrying timber to pass through, but reality is vastly different with trucks passing through even during the day time – in what can only be called a snub to authorities.
Recent reports have pointed to the addition of illegal saw mills in the area – with saw mills reported at Pushkunipara, Bholarbitha among others. Sources added that the number of timber trucks coming into Chibinang has also seen an increase.