BHUBANESWAR: Timber have the largest potential to deal with local weather disaster. However in Odisha they’ve turn out to be the primary victims of improvement.
A staggering 1.85 crore timber have been felled within the final one decade in Odisha for growth of roads. The State Authorities planted round 29.83 lakh timber through the interval to compensate the lack of inexperienced cowl.
Replying to an unstarred query by BJP MLA Mohan Charan Majhi, Forest and Setting Minister Bikram Keshari Arukha stated a complete of 1,85,00,748 timber have been felled between 2010-11 and 2020-21 for the widening of highways within the state.
“The timber have been lower down from each forest and non-forest land primarily for growth of Nationwide Highways and State Highways. The loss has been compensated with 29,83,573 timber planted at a value of Rs 66.17 crore below afforestation programme over the past 10 years,” he acknowledged.
As per the data laid within the Home, most 62,03,936 timber have been felled in 2015-16, adopted by 26,77,686 in 2019-20, 20,44,782 in 2018-19, 18,07,909 in 2016-17, 17,78,734 in 2012-13, 17,33,385 in 2014-15 and 13,10,314 in 2017-18.
Whereas the bottom 16,990 timber have been felled in 2013-14, the very best 6,01,875 timber have been planted at a value of Rs 20.6 crore in the identical 12 months. As many as 1,73,218 timber have been felled and 1,47,213 timber planted this fiscal.
The Minister in his reply, nonetheless, acknowledged as per the provisions within the Forest (Conservation) Act, 1980, the Odisha Forest Growth Company (OFDC) has taken up avenue plantations. The plantation is usually taken up after completion of the highway widening work, he stated.
The timber have been felled for widening of Nationwide Highways together with 4 lanning of Sambalpur-Bargarh-Odisha/Chhattisgarh part of NH-6, 4/six-laning of Bhubaneswar-Puri, Panikoili-Remuli part and Remuli-Rajamunda part.
The state authorities has planted 4,28,071 timber alongside the Sambalpur-Bargarh, Bhubaneswar-Puri, Panikoili-Remuli and Remuli-Rajamunda nationwide highways.
As per the provisions, 12,73,465 timber will likely be planted alongside Singada-Binjhabahal, Bahadagoda-Singada, Binjhabahal-Tileibani, Cuttack-Angul, Biramitrapur-Barkote and Angul-Sambalpur roads after completion of the venture, the Minister acknowledged.
Whereas the Forest (Conservation) Act mandates plantation of two timber for each tree lower on non-forest land for any developmental venture and 10 timber to be planted on forest land, the state authorities has planted solely 16 per cent of the timber felled for highway initiatives. Nonetheless, there isn’t a point out concerning the quantity
of timber survived after plantation.