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Supreme Court allows Himachal to divert forest land for non-forest purpose in 433 cases

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Shimla, Dec 17 (MNN) The Himachal Pradesh government has said that the Supreme Court has allowed it to divert forest  land for non-forest purpose under Forest Conservation Act, 1980 and Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006 in respect of 433 projects.

The Supreme Court orders dated December 9 and 14 came in relaxation to restraint order dated March 11, 2019 passed in Writ Petition (Civil) number 202 of 1995.

A state government spokesperson said that 103 projects appended with interlocutory pleas include cases of 63 roads and 13 electric projects, one airport, three agricultural markets and one vegetable market projects, four college buildings, one hospitals, four bus stands, one market yard, two railways lines, one warehouse for storage of EVMs, one weather radar, one ropeway, one helipad, two mining, one parking, two hot mix plants, one police post and one NDRF.

He said that projects under FRA, 2006 include cases of 13 community centres, 268 roads projects, 11 schools, 19 drinking water supply schemes and water pipelines, 5 minor irrigation canal or rainwater harvesting structures, 10  health institutions, three skill upgradation and vocational training centres and one fair price shop.

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