Imphal, May 6,
Much has been talk about protecting Forest and Environment at any public forum by almost all government machineries including Ministers, MLAs not to be left of the Chief Minister of Manipur, but the reality seen at Koubru Hill of Manipur showed that all the good lectures by them are just lip service.
The Koubru Hill, which was once a forest, a decade back is now equivalent to a barren land with no trees.
A team of environment lovers along with a representative of Imphal Times visited Koubru Hill and witness trees being cut down almost at all areas of the hill, probably for Jhum Cultivation. No government authority took notice of what has been going on at the Hill which the people of the state climb every year on pilgrimage.
Interestingly, a group of students under the aegis of the Manipuri Students’ federation planted over hundreds of trees in the mountain few days back. The mission of the student group is to restore the natural beauty of Koubru Hill.
The team of environment lovers which comprise of Imphal reporters also planted some sapling in the barren land. However, our representative speculates that the sapling planted by them and the student volunteers will surely be uprooted by people as they are tonsuring the mini mountain which control the climatic condition of both Manipur and Nagaland.
No government authority had ever visited to take stock of the crime being committed to the nature at Koubru, even though Ministers and MLAs talk a lot about the needs for protection of Forest.
News papers were seen with photos of Tree plantation by Ministers, bureaucrats etc at Valley area in the name of protecting the environment but the reality happening at Koubru Hill is intentionally left aside by the authority of the state government.
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raj Monday, 06 May 2019 18:58 Comment Link
forget about koubru hills, even when some individuals planted trees which they brought with paying money at road medians along Tiddim road at Keishampat stretch, those workers who come to clean them once a year would chop them off and when asked they will reply concern director of some board who look after the median had told them. Height of hypocrisy. The trees they planed would die as dont water and if someone started volunteering to bring about a little change with planting trees, they will poke their filthy nose. Nothing can happen for this state.