Dimapur, June 29 (MExN): The Authorities of Nagaland has stipulated six modalities to resolve the deadlock between the civil society organisations (CSOs) beneath Peren district and the Nagaland Timber Merchants Union (NTTU).

An order to this impact was issued by Commissioner Rovilatuo Mor on June 23 considering the calls for of the Peren CSOs with regard to the environmental influence of rampant deforestation and the massive investments already made by the NTTU in buying forest areas for logging operations.

As per the modalities, throughout the interim technique of negotiation, appeals made to the CSOs to launch the seized logs had been complied with and the identical have been launched to the Peren DFO. “The DFO will dispose the seized logs in accordance to the prescribed formalities,” it mentioned.

It mentioned that the already felled bushes and inventory can be accounted for and marked for transit by the Forest Division as per norms. Nonetheless, lifting of the identical may be finished by the contractors solely throughout the operational season prescribed within the standing order issued by the Peren DC.

On the problem of processing logs in Peren district, the order said that the matter can be taken up ‘as and when mills with HPC approval and legitimate licenses are put in.’

Amongst others, the order notified that no contemporary chopping or felling of bushes can be allowed within the bought forests besides beneath Working Schemes, Tree Farming or remoted tree felling schemes accepted and registered by the Forest Division. “To facilitate legalized operation inside the already bought forest areas by the contractors, copies of gross sales deeds have been compiled and forwarded to the Division for taking on obligatory actions as per requirement on the earliest,” it mentioned. Stating that the division has assured to expedite the method, it directed the NTTU contractors to coordinate accordingly.

For the forest areas which can be already bought, it mentioned operations would allowed relying on the validity of gross sales deed and formulation of forest operational schemes over the areas, with a time restrict of most 3-5 years with impact from approval by the Forest Division. No extension shall be granted thereafter, it added.

Whereas calling for strict compliance, it additionally directed the Peren CSOs to undertake steps and restrain landowners in opposition to any contemporary sale or lease of forest areas beneath the district, henceforth. 


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