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14 January 2019


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Bolangir: Thousands of trees have been allegedly cleared to construct a helipad, ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Odisha’s Bolangir on January 15.

The deforestation was noticed near the railway station in the town. About 3,500 saplings were planted in the area in the year 2015-16 under the urban plantation programme, stated reports.

The deforestation drew a lot of criticism as the trees were reportedly felled without the permission of the forest department. Bolangir Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) Samir Satpathy has ordered for a probe into the matter. Local PWD authorities and railway officials have initiated an inquiry, stated reports.

Meanwhile, DFO Satpathy and ACF Babaji Raul also visited the spot and started an investigation into the matter.

It is worthwhile to mention here that Modi will unveil a series of projects worth Rs 1,545 crores during his visit on January 15.

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Jyoti Prakash Mishra, CPRO, East Coast Railway