Delhi forest officials to get weapons to carry out anti-encroachment drive

New Delhi: Forest guards and Rangers in Delhi will be provided with motorbikes for quick action in case of emergencies including anti-encroachment drives.

The Delhi forest department is gearing up to provide arms to them after making provisions for uniforms to forest Rangers and guards.

Media reports said the anti-encroachment drive is being carried out in areas covering 6,200 hectares.  Over 629 hectares of land was encroached. The forest department claims it has removed encroachments from a large area under forest land.

But the department said it will not touch villages where permanent buildings have come up. Several structures were removed from many villages including  Asola, Asola Bhatti wildlife sanctuary.

Forest official said after the demolition drives, cases were filed in Asola village. The cases will be dealt with separately, they said and added that the anti-encroachment drive will continue and they are identifying the next village.