waking up from its slumber, the Forest Department, has filed a formal complaint with the police in the tree felling case on the New Victoria Mills’ bungalow campus. Former OSD of National Textile Corporation AK Srivastava currently is the occupant of the bungalow. The Victoria Mills was one of the textile mills under NTC control.
The Forest Department officials on Friday filed a formal complaint with the Gwaltoli police for registering an FIR against those involved in illegal tree cutting.
It is pertinent to mention that Hindustan Times had published a news item under headlines “Tree felling goes unnoticed in the city” in its issue of November 5.
According to sources, though the tree cutting took place during the holidays in October end, yet the mill authorities did not pay heed to it. However, it was only on October 30 that the security staff of the mill spotted a buffalo cart laden with wood logs inside the bungalow. Though, the mill security officer AK Pandey had informed the local police in writing about incident on the same, the police did not register a case against any one. The district Forest officials were also informed about cutting of about a dozen fully grown tree without any prior permission from the said bungalow of the mill. They also kept mum.
However, it was after the news item that the forest officials swung into action and conducted a preliminary investigation and put their departmental marking on the wood logs in the bungalow.
They also made formal inquiry with the mill officials and recommended for an FIR to Gwaltoli police station here today.