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Kupwara: Without NOC, PDD braces up for installing Electric poles in Batergam Forests

Staff Reporter

Kupwara: Taking  advantage of darkness , private  contractors   of PDD is using heavy machinery  to install unauthorized electric poles  at forest land in Batergam- Gulgam in Kupwara.

Inside Kashmir’s staff Reporter contacted DFO concerned after receiving inputs of heavy machinery activity in Forests from sources who claimed that there has been no NOC issued to PDD department or any contractor. ” The PDD department has applied but We have not given any sort of NOC to them, I will send a team for assessment of the situation”, said  DFO concern. 

 locals have strongly expressed resentment against this illegal activity, ” If they don’t have any NOC why the department is acting as a mute spectator,  it is a violation of Section 6(f) and 13(c) J&K Forest Act and Section 2 of J&K Forest Conservation Act.”

 ” The Contractor must be booked for such gross violation and people inside department who are assisting him shall be questioned”, added locals.