Number Of Fire Cases Have Come Down In Uttarakhand; Four People Arrested

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4:13 pm 2 May, 2016

Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said that four people have been arrested who were allegedly found starting fires in Pauri Garhwal, one of the worst -affected districts in fires.

“The four people will be investigated and strict action will be taken. Not a single inch of forest land will be allowed to be encroached or diverted by anybody,” he said.


But the minister pointed out that the number of fire cases had come down from 1,200 to 60 in the state.

“Fires have been controlled in Uttarakhand. All this was possible because of more than 6,000 people working on the ground,” the minister said.



Also, all states having thick forest cover have been alerted to be careful about such fire incidents.


But while the Uttarakhand forest fire is yet to come under control, fires broke out in forests of Shimla, Nainital and Jammu & Kashmir.




In recent weeks, the massive fire in some 13 districts in Uttrakhand engulfed over 2,000 hectares of forest, destroyed wildlife and trees, and killed at least six people – including three women and one child.

The state government employed National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams in several districts, along with two IAF Mi17 choppers, are busy dousing the flames.


The government has said that their priority to bring the fire under control and then investigate what triggered the fires, including a look into man-made action.


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