Kashmir, India — Kangan forests are on fire since last four days and authorities have failed to control it so far. Fire broke out in compartment 9 at Chattergul on Friday morning and spread over two square kilometers causing widespread damage to forest wealth in the area.
“The forest authorities woke up to control the fire only by Tuesday, but it was too late to save the national asset,” a local resident, Ali Mohammad told etala’at. “The authorities have failed to control the fire as it spread fast engulfing large area of the said compartment,” he added.
On Monday morning, fire station Lar also visited the site, but failed to control the fire mainly because of non-accessibility in the area.
However, Divisional Forest Officer, Sindh forest Division Ganderbal, Abdul Hameed Bhat said,” fire was continuously spreading from last few days and we tried our best to control it.
“Dozens of forest guards and locals were on work to control the fire, and finally we got success on Monday evening, “Bhat told etala’at.
However, on Tuesday evening, smoke was seen again 10 kilometres from the spot despite the claims of DFO Ganderbal.
Locals also refuse the claims about rescue operations by forest department, and they urged the higher authorities to extinguish the raging fire, so that the forests are saved.