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Dalma villages raise voice against Eco Sensitive Zone

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Chandil: Residents of 85 villages along Dalma foothill have raised their voice against demarcation of Dalma Eco Sensitive Zone.

The villagers have expressed apprehension of eviction and loss of livelihood because restrictions to be imposed by the department of forest in the proposed Eco sensitive zone outlining the sanctuary.

A meeting of the villagers was held on Monday at Tuilung Football Maindan here at Chandil presided over by Dilip Kumar Mahato.

Addressing a large gathering Mahato said that thousands of villagers are earning their livelihoods from agriculture and forest-based products on the outskirt of Dalma sanctuary area.

If demarcated as Eco Sensitive Zone the villagers would lose their livelihoods. He alleged that the forest department wanted to evict the villagers by declaring Eco Sensitive Zone.

Terming it as conspiracy Mahato said that the villagers would foil any such attempts of the department.

It was unanimously decided upon that the local villagers would file a writ petition in Jharkhand High Court against the demarcation of Dalma Eco Sensitive Zone.

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