Central team to reach Odisha soon for monitoring of forest fire

The Samikhsya Bureau

NEW DELHI: The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change has deputed a team of experts to help Odisha government in effective management of forest fires in the state.

Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Prakash Javadekar today decided to form a three-member expert team to help the Odisha government to help control the unprecedented fire incidents in the state, the Ministry officials stated.

The team which will be moving to Odisha soon will tender expert technical advice and handholding towards early and effective dousing of the forest fires, Javadekar tweeted.

“Today Sh. @dpradhanbjp & other MP’s from Odisha met me regarding Forest Fire in #SimlipalNationalPark & nearby.@moefcc is sending a committee of experts to Odisha to give technical advise &help out state forest dept. in effective management of forest fire incidents in the region”, the minister mentioned.

Acting on the directions of the Union Minister, the Ministry has constituted a three-member team consisting of Dr. Amit Mallick, IGF, National Tiger Conservation Authority, New Delhi; Subrat Mahapatra, DDG, MoEF&CC Regional Office, Bhubaneswar and      Arti Chaudhary, Head, Silviculture –ICFRE as fire expert.

The team would be working till the state attains a normal situation with respect to fire incidents, the Ministry added.

Further, the Environment Minister informed that along with the team at MoEFCC he will himself be monitoring everyday map showing the forest fire detections in the entire State of Odisha and also a separate map showing fire detection in Similipal Tiger Reserve and Biosphere Reserve.