Odisha Simlipal Forest Fires; 4-Member Central Team To Visit Core Area Today

Bhubaneswar: An expert four-member team of the center is slated to visit the core area of the Simlipal forests today. The team will investigate into the extent of fire in the forest.

The Centre on Wednesday said it will send an expert committee to Odisha to provide technical assistance for effective management of forest fire incidents in the state.

Union Environment, Forest and Climate Change Minister Prakash Javadekar said this in a statement after Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and BJP MPs from Odisha met him in the national cpaital.

A memorandum seeking Javadekar’s personal intervention in containment of fire in Simlipal national park and other forests in the state was submitted by the delegation.

They also requested the Union Minister to set up an empowered committee with representatives from the Central and state forest department officials, environmentalists and forest conservationists for coming up with a detailed long-term action plan for preventing and mitigating future forest fires in Odisha.

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