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Friday, February 26, 2010

Mizoram has only 14.98% of dense forest

Newmai News Network
Aizawl | February 24 : 
If a recent survey by the Mizoram Remote Sensing Application Centre in Aizawl is to be considered, there is only 3158.57 sq.km of dense forest which is not yet touched (cultivated). According to officials, the area is 14.98% of the total Mizoram area. The forest area which is exploited for road constructions, building houses and other sources accounted for Sq Km 147.85 which is 0.70% of the total land area of the state.
The figures were estimated by Mizoram Remote Sensing Application Centre with the help of photographs and spot visits of the area. The survey also reported that while there are 2628.08 sq.km medium dense forests (12.46% of total land area) and 3738.57 sq.km less-dense forest (17.73% of the total land area), 31.81% of the total land area is covered by bamboo which is 6708.37 sq.km.
Officials at the centre said that lots of forest areas have been exploited for jhum cultivation. During the survey, a whopping 3965.91 sq.km was cleared for jhum cultivation.
Project Director of Mizoram Remote Sensing Application Centre Dr. RK Lallianthanga said that all the data are based not only on satellite photographs but rather members from the centre have visited various places. He also hoped that the data will be of great importance to government departments for taking up projects and other programmes. Stressing on the need to preserve forest, the project director said that more awareness campaigns on forest fire and prevention of deforestation should be encouraged in Mizoram.

Tight security ahead of GK Pillai's visit in view of RPF boycott call

IMPHAL, Feb 25: Tight security arrangement have been made ahead of the proposed visit of the Union home secretary Gopal Krishna Pillai along with the director NE-2 of MHA, RR Jha tomorrow to the state to review every aspects of the security related issues of the state.

The security concern is in view of a boycott call of the visit of the officers by the underground RPF.

According to a highly placed official source, the Central official team led by Pillai will be arriving at the Imphal Airport at 9.15 am from Guwahati on Indigo flight and will proceeded directly to the Raj Bhavan.

In this regard, special security arrangement have been made along the Imphal Airport road upto the Raj Bhavan tomorrow.

The official source also mentioned that after taking a short tea break at the Raj Bhavan Imphal, the Central team will depart Imphal for Senapati district at 10 am to inspect the recently opened designated camp of KNO located Motojang village after the signing of Suspension of Operation, SoO with the government.

The source further mentioned that the union Home secretary will travel the entire length of from Imphal to Senpati district by road under tight security arrangement tomorrow and he would also be inspecting the maintenance of the existing police stations of Gamnon Sapermeina and  Kangpokpi on his return from Senapti district to Imphal tomorrow afternoon.

The source further said the union Home secretary after returning to Imphal in the afternoon will inspect the existing MPTS at Pangei and then the Central officer will attend a meeting with the Governor Gurbachand Jagat at Raj Bhavan.

He then will meet chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh, at the CM bunglow. 
This will be followed by a meeting of  Strategic and Operation Groups (SOG) which will be held at the conference hall of Old Secretariat Imphal in the evening at about 4pm.

The meeting will be attended by the all high ranking official of the state including chief secretary, DGP, princiapal secretary home, Government of Manipur, official representatives from the army, paramilitary and BSF deployed in the state, the official source added.(IFP)

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