Itanagar: A forest fire has been raging in
the Dariya Hills in Arunachal Pradesh for the last three days
with black smoke bellowing into the sky of the state capital
threatening the flora and fauna.
"It appears to be a daunting task to douse the fire in
Dariya Hills, which comes under Itanagar Wildlife Sanctuary,
as the state does not have required resources to tackle such
massive bushfire going on for three days", forest department
Hinting that the blaze may be man-made, the sources said,
the job of apprehending the culprits was difficult unless the
local community cooperated.
Two persons were arrested from Raj Niwas area yesterday
for allegedly setting fire to the forest.
Expressing pain over the loss of greenery, Governor Gen
(retd) J J Singh said the fire would have huge impact on the
ecosystem for years to come.
Singh said the huge ash clouds might pose problems for
aviation and the flora and fauna. It might also cause water
crisis as the wildlife sanctuary is a major source of water
in the region.
Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, who left for Canada yesterday,
has directed the administration to control the fire.
The state authorities yesterday had a meeting and
constituted a steering committee at the state level and one
task force for the state capital region to contain the fire
and take measures to prevent future bush fire, official