Minister Awangbow appeals for peace, communal harmony over Koubru

Imphal: Forest, environment and climate change minister has appealed to the general public not to do anything which will hurt the sentiment of the people or disturb the peace and communal harmony in connection with Mt. Koubru.

The minister made the appeal on Saturday.

A meeting was held on April 20 among representative of COPPK (Committee on Protection and Preservation of Mount Koubru) and Letpao Haokip, minister, YAS and water resource and Awangbow regarding allegation that worshipers are not allowed to go to Mt. Koubru.

During the meeting, an understanding was arrived that anyone who wishes to go to Koubru for worship shall not be stopped by who so ever, Awangbow said.

“I reminded the members that Mt. Koubru falls under the Kanglatongbi – Kangpokpi Reserved Forest which was declared as Reserved Forest in 1968 under the Indian Forest Act, 1927. And that no activities will be allowed within the Reserved Forest which so ever unless permissible under the Act, he said as he made the appeal.

There cannot be any agreement with any organisation on forest land which comes within the Reserved Forest Area, he added.

Mt. Koubru is considered as a sacred mountain by all communities. The massive deforestation at Mt. Koubru is unfortunate hence, the forest department is taking up plantation programme at Mt. Koubru, the minister said.

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