Bhubaneswar: Opposition BJP on Friday demanded a detailed probe into the Similipal forest fire, while the Odisha government claimed that the inferno is now under control.
Leader of the Opposition P K Naik of the BJP, expressing concern over the massive forest fire, wrote in a letter to Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, “It is a matter of serious concern that Odisha topped the list of forest fire incidents with 12,614 fire spots since February 27 as per the Forest Survey of Indias fire alert system.”
Observing that Odisha witnessed the highest number of forest fires in the country since November 1 last year at 16,494, Naik said the state government”s response and approach is very “slow and ineffective”.
“Not only trees but also animals and humans living in the forests are in danger,” he said.
Naik urged the chief minister to constitute a high- level team comprising people”s representatives to curb the menace.