Bhubaneswar: The Nationwide Inexperienced Tribunal (NGT) has directed the Odisha Authorities to take care of established order on the plans handy over 20 acres of land of the Ekamra Kanan to the Common Administration division (GA).
The Nationwide Inexperienced Tribunal (NGT) has directed the Odisha Authorities to take care of established order on the plans handy over 20 acres of land of the Ekamra Kanan to the Common Administration division (GA).
A two-member bench of decide B Amit Sthalekar and Saibal Dasgupta said within the order ” We’re additional of the view that it might be essential to subject interim route to make sure that through the pendency of this matter within the Tribunal, the deemed forest space and the timber over the land in query are to not be lower or destroyed.”
Whereas itemizing the matter for listening to on June 30, the inexperienced Court docket additionally directed the federal government to represent a four-member panel which might examine the realm and submit a report inside 4 weeks time.
The committee which might be fashioned as per the tribunal order would have the members including-
i) Senior Scientist from the Built-in Regional Workplace,
Ministry of Atmosphere, Forest and Local weather Change,
ii) District Justice of the Peace, Khurdha or his consultant not under the rank of Sub Divisional officer of that space,
iii) Divisional Forest Officer, Chandaka Wildlife Division, Baramunda, Bhubaneshwar,
iv) Director of Horticulture, Krishi Bhawan, Bhubaneswar,
The tribunal directed that the panel will examine into the next points
i) Whether or not the realm is a Deemed forest having traits of a forest?
ii) Whether or not some portion of the realm is assessed as Jungle Kisam /Income forest as per land report as alleged by the applicant?
iii) Whether or not the realm is roofed with vital fruit bearing timber and different species of organic significance?
iv) Whether or not such diversion attracts the availability of Forest Conservation Act, 1980?
Sushant Kumar Jena, a resident of Bhubaneswar filed the petition within the inexperienced court docket alleging that the State authorities had deliberate to assemble multi-storey buildings and business actions on the Ekamra Kanan land.
In October final yr, the GA division had requested the Horticulture division via an official communication to give up 20.192 acres of land from Ekamra Kanan farm.
The GA division’s official communication had sparked a state-wide public and political outcry with Opposition BJP and Congress hitting the roads demanding withdrawal of the choice.