Print Edition - 2018-10-29 | News
Nearly 2,000 ha of forest area encroached in Banke district
Oct 29, 2018-
Banke district has lost hundreds of hectares of forest cover to human encroachment in recent years.
According to the District Forest Office, at least 1,968 hectares of forest area is currently under illegal occupation of people claiming to be flood displaced and landless.
Officials say 3,972 families are living in forest areas, though many of them already own properties elsewhere.
Assistant Forest Officer Ganesh Bahadur Khadka said the largest encroachment has taken place in Rapti Sonari Rural Municipality, where 1,646 hectares of forest land has been seized. Around 600 hectares of forest area has been seized at Tikulipur in the same rural municipality.
In Kohalpur, 279 hectares of forest cover has been stripped down and turned into settlements. The area falls under the authority of Kohalpur Area Forest Office.
Nearly 396 hectares of forest land is under illegal occupation in Baijapur and around 300 hectares in Hariharpur.
Land grabbers have also encroached upon the forests in Amrahawa (100 ha), Mahendrapur (66.67 ha) and Jhora (26.3 ha).
Published: 29-10-2018 07:57