Timber Traders’ Welfare Union (TTWU) Dimapur has flayed the detainment of 42 timber laden rail wagons on July 8 and subsequent seizure on July 24 by customs officials at freight terminal, Guwahati railway station. Referring to Nagaland Tree Felling Regulation order of 2002, a joint press release issued by TTWU president, Henizhe Awomi and general secretary, I. Wati Lemtor pointed out that the Delhi bound 42 timber laden wagons from Dimapur were legal and duly approved by Union Ministry of Environment and Forests in accordance with Supreme Court guidelines. It also said the seizure by customs officials would have been appreciated if they had expedited in confirming their “suspicions” and not dragged on the issue for three weeks.
TTWU stated that dependent communities of the responsible trade were being made to bear economic loss due to delay on the issue. Union further urged customs officials at Guwahati to accelerate on necessary formalities and clear the consignment for its onward journey at the earliest. TTWU also requested the customs department to undertake checking or investigation at loading point/destination/final points in order to ensure smooth passage of legal timber products.