.. Ranchi: Expansion Of Highways Leads To Fast Deforestation

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26 Aug 2013

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  • At a time when forest survey reports are claiming increase in green cover, people of Jharkhand are paying hefty price for fast development. More than 30,000 trees face threat of being axed because of the four-laning of the 165km Ranchi-Jamshedpur National Highway 33. In Ranchi and Khunti divisions, 16,000 trees are likely to be felled while in Jamshedpur division, 14,000 trees will be felled. Environmentalists have cried foul and sought the attention of the Centre. They say massive tree felling exercise would disturb the ecological balance and affect the lives of tribals who are hugely dependent upon good ecology for life. A senior official of Jharkhand State Forest Development Corporat......

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