‘Forest trees felled’ for liquor factory pipeline in Boudh

Boudh: Villagers of Harbhanga Titirikata in Boudh district have raised allegations that forest trees were felled by a liquor company to lay water pipeline.

The allegations were leveled by Boudh district’s ‘Jami Jal Jungle Suraksha Manch.’ The organization alleged that the Odisha government allowed the distillery to lay 4-kilometer-long pipeline through the forest land.

After the villagers brought the allegations before the National Green Tribunal (NGT), the tribunal has asked the collector to file a report in this regard, sources added.

The organization has alleged that the company is collecting Mahanadi River water illegally as the pipes have not been removed yet.

Meanwhile, the organization has threatened to launch protests against the liquor factory if action not taken immediately.

Harbhanga block council member, Abakash Sahoo said “After we complained to the NGT about the pipeline, it has asked for a report on the same. The company continues to draw water from the river through the pipeline despite complaints. If the government doesn’t come forward to stop the company, we will launch protests.”