The union government has decided to send an experts’ panel to Odisha to assist the Odisha government to control the raging forest fires in Similipal biosphere reserve. Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar announced this on Wednesday in the twitter handle even as the State government claimed that 95 per cent of the fire points have either been extinguished or attended to.
“Today, Shri Dharmendra Pradhan and other MPs from Odisha met me regarding forest fire in Simlipal National Park and nearby. The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change is sending a committee of experts to Odisha to give technical advise and help out the state forest department in effective management of forest fire incidents in the region,” Javadekar tweeted today.
“The experts will work in coordination with the deployed team for an early and effective dousing of fire. Will be reviewing the situation with my team at the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change on a daily basis,” union minister Javadekar stated in another tweet.