Naveen orders stoppage of tree felling, asks RDC to probe

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Bhubaneswar: A day after Dhenkanal administration felled hundreds of sal trees in Jhinkagadi forest amid strong protest from locals, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Sunday ordered immediate stoppage of cutting of trees.

The Chief Minister also directed the concerned Revenue Divisional Commissioner (RDC) to probe into the incident.

According to sources, around 500 sal trees were felled by the Dhenkanal administration on Saturday in Jhinkargadi forest of Balarampur village in the district to enable a private company to build a brewery. The administration took the help of police to cut down the trees amid strong protests from locals.

About 12 acres of the land had been allotted for the brewery unit, to be built at an estimated cost of Rs 102 crore. Out of the 12 acres of land, five acres has a forest of sal trees.

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