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Odisha to create Land Bank for compensatory forestation

 

Monday June 09, 2014

Odisha, Mining, Environment Clearance, Land bank, Compensatory Forestation  
 

"While all the Collectors and Tahasildars of Odisha were asked to identify non-forest land in advance for compensatory afforestation, Collectors of Kalahandi and Bolangir were specifically asked to take the lead in this direction as large patches of non-forest land is available in these two districts for forestation."

 

HNF Correspondent

 
 

In order to avoid delay in preparation of Afforestation Plan while moving forest clearance proposals for different mining projects, Land Bank must be created for compensatory afforestation, Chief Secretary Odisha, Bijay Kumar Patnaik, advised the district authorities. Mr. Patnaik gave this instruction while reviewing the progress of the forest clearance cases of Odisha Mining Corporation (OMC) mines.

While all the Collectors and Tahasildars of Odisha were asked to identify non-forest land in advance for compensatory afforestation, Collectors of Kalahandi and Bolangir were specifically asked to take the lead in this direction as large patches of non-forest land is available in these two districts for forestation. The Chief Secretary also advised to make use of DGPS and satellite images for identification of such land.

 

Present status of forest clearances against Gandhamardan (A) mines in Keonjhar Forest Division, South Kaliapani Chromite mines in Dhenkanal Forest Division, Sukrangi Chromite Mines in Cuttack Division, Baliparbat Stackyard in Daitari Extension Area allotted to OMC were reviewed when the issues relating to compensatory forestation and settlement of claims under Forest Rights Act in case of forest diversion proposals were discussed in the meeting. It has been decided that Revenue & Disaster Management, Forest & Environment and Mining Departments will give necessary instructions to their filed level officials to expedite the proposals for clearances of OMC mines.

Chief Secretary has categorically asked all the field level officials to act promptly following the norms and spirit of the guidelines and quicken the process in the interest of the people and the State. It has also been decided in the meeting that the committee on eco-sensitive zone constituted by State Government shall expedite and examine the issues relating to working of mines in eco-sensitive areas and areas within one kilometer of sanctuary boundaries. The committee has been advised to complete the task within a month.

It’s to be noted that many mining and industrial projects planned in Odisha are not moving ahead because of delay in obtaining environment clearance while many others are in trouble due to non-compliance with the environmental norms.

 
 

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