The ministry of setting, forest and local weather change (MoEFCC) has taken cognisance of the difficulty of a number of a whole lot of timber disappearing from the Surajpur wetland, after a criticism was raised by a Better Noida-based environmental activist.
Directing the Uttar Pradesh authorities to behave on the matter, the ministry has known as for an investigation into the alarming loss of life of a number of timber at the wetland web site.
Unfold over 308 hectares, of which 60 hectares is a lake, the wetland is metropolis’s largest reserve forest and certainly one of three main birding sizzling spots, the others being Okhla Chook Sanctuary and Dhanauri wetland.
Environmental activist Vikrant Tongad had written to the Union setting minister Bhupender Yadav final 12 months, to deliver the matter of the vanishing timber to the minister’s consideration and the alleged discharge of ‘effluents’ by an industrial unit into the wetland.
In reply, in a letter addressed to the principal chief conservator of forests, Uttar Pradesh, the ministry mentioned, “It has come to the eye of the ministry that the Surajpur wetland in Better Noida has been witnessing alarming loss of life of timber. It’s, due to this fact, directed that the state authorities initiates an investigation into the case and takes obligatory motion below related guidelines and rules.”
“A report on the investigation ought to be produced earlier than the ministry and the complainant at the earliest attainable,” the letter dated January 3, 2024, obtained by the complainant on January 20, mentioned.
Tongad had written to the central ministry in December 2023. It alleged that the wetland was getting affected as a result of effluents discharged by an industrial unit close by, into a drain linked to the wetland, that additional merges into river Hindon.
“The commercial in addition to home waste discharge has resulted in destroying 1000’s of timber in round 20 acres of the wetland space,” the letter added.
Native environmentalists have been alleging prior to now that a whole lot of 1000’s of timber in 20-acre space of the wetland have been destroyed, owing to the discharge of effluents by the adjoining industrial models into the drain linked to the wetland.
The criminality has resulted within the destruction of the biodiversity of the wetland, which is dwelling to 1000’s of migratory birds throughout the winter months, they alleged.
“Inspections are ongoing to establish the precise variety of timber which were broken/died at the Surajpur Wetland at the moment”, mentioned divisional forest officer (DFO), PK Srivastava.
Based on regional officer, Uttar Pradesh Air pollution Management Board (UPPCB), Deo Ok Gupta, a committee shaped within the case had carried out inspections earlier this month.
“Samples collected from a drain discharging waste into the wetland have been collected and despatched for examination to Lucknow. A report is at the moment awaited.”