Locals claim that the road was built on their lands
Trees are being cut down with impunity across three km of Fukra- Ramdia road in Kashiani upazila of Gopalganj. Local owners of these trees are selling the trees to local tree traders. At least 2,000 trees along the road have been destroyed.
Locals claim that the road was built on their lands. If the trees are not cut down earlier, the trees will be cut down while expanding the road. For that reason locals are selling their trees to tree traders.
A tree trader from Fukra village of Kashiani upazila, Israfil Sheikh, 60, said Badrul Sheikh from Saraikandi village in Fukra- Ramdia road sold two trees to him at Tk9000.
A worker from Ramdia village, Rahmat, 35, said: "My master bought these trees, and told me to cut down the trees for which I will be paid."
Many tree traders are now buying trees from the locals. Almost all the trees have been sold. As a result most trees are being cut down.
A woman from Saraikandi village, Rahima Begum, 80, said, they planted trees alongside the road. The trees must be cut down as the government is now planning to expand the road. So, before the road development begins, they sold their trees to the tree-traders.
Gopalganj Department of Roads and Highways Executive Engineer K Md. Shariful Alam said, Fukra- Ramdia road was not acquired by the government. The road was built on the lands of village people. Now locals are selling their trees to tree traders, and the traders are collecting the trees.
The matter will be inquired, added the executive engineer.