Please save Mattewara Forest, Ludhiana, Punjab (India)

Please save Mattewara Forest, Ludhiana, Punjab (India)

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We all know the importance of tree in our life. A man can live without money but not without oxygen. Once, trees had great significance in our life but now, modern man is busy in getting and spending. Man is becoming money minded day by day and this rat race had made us inhuman. We least bother about the purity of air and water. Punjab was land of five rivers and famous for its purity of air and water. But nowadays it is famous for the impurity of air and water. On the name of development, many trees have been cut off and factories are polluting the water of Beas and Satluj. Bathinda-Amritsar highway, Bathinda-Zirakpur Highway and Ferozpur- Ludhiana highways have taken the lives of many trees. Trees are also the home of many birds.

Forest cover required for a country to maintain proper ecological balance is 33% of its total area. Explanation: Indian Government has launched new updates in the National Forest Policy of India. According to the policy, the forest cover is aimed to be 1/3 rd part of the total geographical area of the country. But the state Punjab has 8 sq km under very dense forest, 806 sq km under moderately dense forest and 1,023 sq km under open forest. The recorded forest area of the state is 3,084 sq km which is 6.12% of its geographical area which is 27% less than the requirement. Now Punjab Govt has decided to make an industrial park near Ludhiana and to make the space for this park, Mattewara forest has to be cut off. Mattwara forest is lungs of Punjab and is spread into 4 square km. Ludhiana is one of the most polluted cities in the world and if Mattewara forest is cut off for the park, it ll further decrease the air quality and increase the pollution. The daily average air quality index of Ludhiana is more than 75, even during the lockdown, which is quite dangerous for sensitive age groups and people with preexisting medical conditions. It ll effect not only Ludhiana but also the whole Punjab. Moreover, it is home to many animals and birds species. Nature always seeks balance but this ll bring great imbalance and imbalance is always dangerous for the planet. For eg, We have recently seen in the case of locust swarms (tiddi dal) fastly approaching in Punjab and great danger to the crops of Punjab as there are not many birds left in Punjab. This is the result of imbalance.
I don't deny the importance of Industry in modern time but Respected Govt of Punjab needs to find another area to set up the industrial park. We don't want an industrial park at the cost of Mattewara Forest. If mattewara forest is cut off, it'll bring more chaos in Punjab. Cancer is already spreading in Punjab day by day. This is mainly due to pollution. So, in order to save Punjab, we need to save Mattewara forest.

We need your support to save this historical treasure of Punjab. We humbly request you support our cause to save Mattewara forest.