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Diversion of forests for non-forestry projects: Govt. of India

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India continues to lose forest land to non-forestry projects

Large areas of forest land are being diverted to other projects throughout India by the Government. A total 11,467.83 hectares (114.68 square kilometre) forest lands were diverted in 22 states between January 1 and November 6, 2019 .

Key Points 

i.According to the Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate change annual report 2019-20 the diversion was for 932 non-forestry projects under the Forest (Conservation )Act (FCA), 1980.

ii.14 projects in Odisha diverted 4,514 hectares (ha) of forest land, which is equal to 1/3rd of the total diverted forest land.

iii.11 projects in Telangana diverted 2,055 ha of forest land.

iv.11 projects in Jharkhand diverted 869.99 ha of forest land.

v.Madhya pradesh diverted 795.36 ha for 220 projects.

Note: The most number of projects were in Haryana where a total diversion of 519.53 ha for 251 projects. 

State  Number of Projects  Total Forest Land approved for diversion (in ha)
Goa 1 0.93
Mizoram 1 23.69
Uttar Pradesh 1 63.27
Chhattisgarh 1 207.99
Kerala 2 0.26
Tripura 2 1.80
West Bengal 2 102.33
Maharashtra 2 151.81
Andhra Pradesh 3 37.82
Tamil Nadu 6 18.45
Karnataka 11 162.61
Jharkhand 11 869.99
Telangana 11 2055.05
Odisha 14 4514.00
Rajasthan 27 370.34
Bihar 28 453.43
Himachal Pradesh 52 434.36
Uttarakhand 64 159.74
Gujarat 99 114.01
Punjab 123 411.07
Madhya Pradesh 220 795.36
Haryana 251 519.53
TOTAL 932 11467.83

About Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate change 

Union Minister – Prakash Javadekar
Minister of State – Babul Supriyo