SRINAGAR: The Forest Advisory Committee headed by Chief Secretary, Mohammad Iqbal Khandey on Tuesday discussed and approved several proposal for allowing use of forest land coming under various developmental and connectivity projects in various forest divisions of the State.
The Committee gave forest clearance for 2 MW Khari MHP in Ramban Forest Division with the direction from the Chief Secretary to JAKEDA and State Level Monitoring Committee to monitor on regular basis the muck disposal and its eco stabilization besides ensuring dumping at the designated sites.
The Committee also approved use of forest land for construction of road from Bamayala to Kantha in Nowshera Forest Division, Banjian to Motta in Billawar Forest Division, Bathera to Ghawan in Rajouri Forest Division besides giving forest clearance to the 375 m Passenger Ropeway Project of SMVDSB Katra in Reasi Forest Division.
“Any violation or deviation observed in the approved action plan must be immediately reported and necessary corrective measures taken” Khandey stressed. He said any person or agency that causes loss or damage to forests or takes up any construction work in the forest area without proper forest clearance must be dealt with strictly and prosecuted as per the provisions of the J&K Forest (Conservation) Act.
Financial Commissioner, Revenue, Dr. Arun Kumar, Principal Secretary, Planning, B. R. Sharma, Principal Secretary, Finance, B. B. Vyas, Commissioner Secretary, Science and Technology, Bipul Pathak, Commissioner Secretary, R&B, Tanveer Jahan, Secretary Forest, Mohammad Afzal Bhat, Chief Wildlife Warden, A. K. Singh, Principal Chief Conservator of Forest, Abhai Kumar and other senior officers attended the meeting.