UPPER DIR: A large number of trees have been cut in the forests near the under-construction Lowari Tunnel for widening of an approach road to the tunnel, locals complained.
The felling of trees has also affected the beauty of the scenic area because forests are the main source of serenity of the region, they said.
Sources in the forest department said they had auctioned the trees which had come in the way of widening of the approach road. They said that they had claimed compensation of the felled trees from the National Highway Authority at Rs690 per tree.
They said that 60 per cent of the compensation amount would be given to the landowners while 40 per cent would stay with the forest department.
On the other hand, the contractors said that they had to cut the trees to make way for widening of the approach road.
The local people demanded of the provincial government to take every possible step to preserve the forests.–Dawn