Meghalaya: Tree felling, killing wildlife banned in SWGH

Meghalaya: Tree felling, killing wildlife banned in SWGH

TURA | May 10, 2019:

The district administration of South West Garo Hills (SWGH) has ordered a blanket ban on felling of trees and killing of wildlife in the district.

The move, which is likely to be emulated in other parts of the region, comes about even as residents of the region complain about water scarcity despite Garo Hills always being rich in flora and fauna.

In a statement issued today, DC Ramkumar S, stated that the ban was necessitated due to the wanton destruction of forests and animals by people or groups, which would in all likelihood, result in the destruction of catchment areas.

The DC further stated that the order comes into force with immediate effect and would continue till further notice.

Garo Hills faces an unprecedented crisis, with water resources being completely destroyed due to the practice of 'jhumming' and illegal felling of trees for the black timber market in the state as well as other parts of India.

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