Cabinet approves to cut over 13,000 trees for gas project

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Dhaka, January 9: Cabinet on Monday has approved felling of 13,356 natural and planted trees of the Forest Department to install a gas transmission project in Gazipur.

The decision was taken at a cabinet meeting held at Bangladesh Secretariat with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair on Monday.

According to the decision, Titas Gas Transmission and Distribution Company Limited has been allowed to cut down a total of 13,356 trees within three kilometres area from Sreepur to Joydebpur.

After the meeting, Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam explained the decision of the meeting while talking to reporters.

“There is a prohibition to cut  down trees till 2022. But, the cabinet has taken decision to cut the trees for the sake of welfare of the people,” he said.

The cabinet secretary also told journalists that of the trees, a total of 4,011 would be sold while the rests are not fully grown.

The meeting also approved the draft of Ansar (Amendment) Act 2016. According to the fresh amendment, if any Ansar works for six years, he or she will be eligible to become permanent in the Ansar force.

Later, the NICAR’s meeting was held where decision was taken to form Lalmai upazila in Comilla.

Besides, the name of Zianagar upazila in Pirojpur district would be restored as Indurkani.

Moreover, Dohazari union of Chittagong was upgraded to municipal corporation.

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