Illegal timber mill seized in Raipur

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December 16, 2019: Tightening the noose around the necks of illegal timber traders, Forest Department officials raided a flattened rice mill in a village near Balod in Raipur, Chhattisgarh. Under the aegis of Divisional Forest Officer (DFO), Satovisha Samajder, a team launched an operation on December 12 and seized huge catch of logs from the mill.

© Satovisha

“The mill in question here is Girnar Poha mill in a village near Balod. As of now, we have sealed the entire structure and have written to the proprietor asking for relevant documents within 48 working hours. If they fail to produce the papers, their license will be cancelled immediately,” informed Satovisha.

The Forest Department has been receiving information regarding illegal timber trade in the area for some time now. “I was surprised to see the machines they had to log gum trees, mango trees etc. Two cutter machines of five horse power each were also confiscated. We normally check saw mills for illegal timber. However, even after two months of intensive inspection of all the saw mills in the area, we couldn’t locate the illegal trade. That’s when I started extensive night patrolling of non-forest area and reached Girnar Poha mill,” said Satovisha.

© Satovisha 

It should be noted that the mill had originally applied for a furniture license, but was operating as Girnar traders illegally. As a ghost company, it was using the electricity connection of the poha mill to carry out illegal practices.

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