MSF urges government to announce Koubru as heritage site

Pothashang News Service: Imphal, May 6, 2019: Manipur Students’ Federation  (MSF) has urged the government to announce Koubru as a cultural heritage site to save the nature.

MSF president Ngariyanbam Milan made the suggestion during a press conference held today at its head office, Kwakeithel, Imphal afetr 25 volunteers of MSF including three females have completed ‘mission Mt. Koubru afforestation’.

The volunteers headed for Koubru on May 4 and return on the next day.

Milan said with the raising of global warming and irregularities of climatic condition MSF decided to take the mission under its campaign ‘towards a greener Manipur’. During the mission the volunteers meet mass deforestation in the mountain. In order to regain its greenery the volunteers also planted more than 1000 trees, he added.

Koubru range is a protected forest area and no one can cut trees from the forest without the permission of government. If government failed to take necessary measures, artificial disaster will knock on the door in the near future, Milan said.

With the increase of deforestation in most of the hill and valley area in the state, people have been facing severe problems on flash flood and drought. Adding Milan, most of the natural structures have been destroying in the name of developmental projects. MSF will never support developmental projects if it may affect natural environment, Milan said citing Maphou dam, loktak hydro electricity projects, Tipaimuk dam and others, he added.

He said according to United nation environment report only 28 trees per head is found in India’s population. But for western developed country like Cannada about 8900 trees per head are found in its population.

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