Special security measures at Sundarbans forests Chandpai Range

Special security measures at Sundarbans forests Chandpai Range

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Bagerhat – The Forest Department has issued a special ‘alert’ in Chandpai range of the Sundarbans East Zone following the fourth fire incident there in four weeks, unb news agency reported.
The Forest Department has put in place a number of special security measures and also a temporary ban on issuance of all types of ‘permit’ for general people, on forest resource collection and on entry to the forest by all like fishermen, honey collector and leaf collector.The ban took effect on Thursday and remain in force until further notice, said Mohammad Zahiruddin, forest conservator of the department.
Meanwhile, a six-member probe committee, led by Mohammad Moazed Hossain, joint secretary of Environment and Forests Ministry, has been formed to investigate the fire incidents.
The committee was asked to submit its report by 10 days.
The fourth fire incident in Tultala area of the Sundarbans under Chandpai Range of the upazila broke out on Wednesday within a gap of only about a month.
The repeated fire incidents in the world’s largest mangrove forest and a Unesco world heritage site have irked the environment activists as they say such incidents may cast a far-reaching adverse impact on its ecosystem.
Our Staff Reporter adds: Meanwhile, Environment and Forests minister Anwar Hosain Maanju has said that the number of Eoyal Bengal Tigers in the Sundarbans was 106, not 100 as reported in a recent survey. The tiger pupulatio in the mangrove forest, which is the largest in the world, was counted as 400 about a decade ago.
The fall in the population tigers has concerned environmentalists at home and abroad.

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