Destroying forests in Mattewara to build industrial park will be ecological disaster
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Ludhiana: The Bharat Jan Gyan Vigyan Jatha (BJGVJ) has taken strong exception to the governments plan to destroy about 1/4th of the Jungle at Mattewara to create industrial park. Punjab has lowest number of forest land of about 4% of area as forests. It has been observed earlier that lakhs of trees were fell to make Zirakpur Bathinda highway but very few have been replaced through plantation. Since the project will be bank of Sutlej, it will destroy the water body and as a result flora and fauna therein. We have witnessed Buddha Nullah turning from a clear stream to most polluted drain passing through the city of Ludhiana and adversely affecting health of the people. “We appeal to the government to review its plan and not touch the forests”, said BJGVJ leaders including Ranjit Singh – President, Dr Arun Mitra – General Secretary, M S Bhatia – Organising Secreteary, Dr Gurcharan Kaur Kochar, Inderjit Singh Sodhi, Krishan Lal Malik- Senior Vice Presidents and Kusum Lata – Secretary.