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IMPHAL | Jul 12 : Shirui Village Authority, Ukhrul district has stated that the proposal by the Manipur state government through the Forest department since early 1980’s to declare Shirui Kashong as Shirui National Park had been strongly rejected by Shirui Village till date.
A release stated that Shirui Village has stood on to this position. It has come to the knowledge of the organisation that the forest department have been using the name Shirui National Park and have also identified it as an Eco Sensitive Zone, it said. Such usage should be withdrawn immediately and the forest department should refrain from using such nomenclature such as Shirui National Park, the release informed.
The organisation was never consulted about “The conversion of our ancestral land forest into a conservation zone for the state,” it stated. Hence, the organisation urges the government of Manipur to clarify on this matter; it further stated adding the statement should be taken with seriousness by the authorities concerned.~IFP