Fire engulfs forest in Kharar village

Fireengulfs forest in Kharar village

9 April 2005

Published by ExpressNews Service

18acres of standing wheat crop reduced to ashes in 3 different incidents

Kharar, April 8: A FIRE broke out in the large forest area in Perchh village near Kharar and destroyed khair trees worth crores of rupees, besides hundreds of species of flora and fauna here yesterday. 

Though officials claimed that the fire was brought under control yesterday evening, unofficial sources said it (fire) is still continuing posing a serious threat to the village. 

Both Kharar SDM and Ropar District Forest Officer were oblivious of the forest fire till yesterday evening. 

Mullanpur Garibdass SHO Bhagwant Riar, who also rushed to the spot after receiving information, claimed that the fire was brought under control around 7 pm. 

Confirming the incident later in the evening, DFO Sukhdev Singh Bhatti said 10 hectares of forest area, including khair trees, has been affected.

He said the exact extent of loss and reasons behind the fire would be ascertained only after detailed assessment and will be conducted after a fortnight. 

Since forest area is inaccessible, no fire tender could be sent to douse the fire, said a fire departmental official. 

He, however, claimed that they were ready to save the populated area . Meanwhile, in three separate fire incidents in Kharar, standing wheat crop covering almost 18 acres of land was destroyed. 

While the wheat crop in 3 acre land of Nirmal Singh and Rajinder Singh was destroyed in Bharonjian village, 14 acres of wheat crop of Nasib Singh was completely burnt at Landran village. 

Besides, at Takkipur village, wheat crop covering an acre land belonging to Jasveer Singh was reduced to ashes. 

Source: Chandigarh Newsline



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