Naveen Patnaik has asked the top officials of the state to take concrete and necessary steps to overcome the fire immediately.
The state’s Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik (Naveen Patnaik) has reviewed the horrific fire and damage caused to it in Similipal National Park in Mayurbhanj district of Odisha. According to the Chief Minister’s Office, Patnaik has asked the top officials of the state to take concrete and necessary steps to overcome the fire immediately. Earlier on Wednesday, the state government had sent a high-level team to check the situation in the national park and check the fire.
A day earlier, Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar expressed concern about the situation and ordered action for control of the forest. The forests have been on fire for a week and now they are spreading to new areas.
Odisha Forest and Environment Minister BK Arukha said that the state government has asked the Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Wildlife) to go to Similipal. The minister said, « I have asked the PCCF (wildlife) to find out the cause of the fire, control it and investigate the situation. » He will submit the report on Thursday.
The fire in the national park, located in the 2,750 sq km area of Mayurbhanj district, has already spread in Rasgovindpur and Morada areas. As a result, the lives of wildlife including tigers have come under threat and a large number of medicinal trees and other trees have been burnt. (With language inputs)
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