SC verdict on forest land to benefit Kandi area: Tikshan Sud

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Chandigarh, May 28 (UNI) Punjab Forest Minister Tikshan Sud today said the Supreme Court's verdict to exempt scheduled development works being carried out by diversion of forest land from the payment of Net Present Value (NPV) will accelerate development in Kandi area of the state.

Mr Sud said that along with other states Punjab was pleading the apex court that the payment of Net Present Value be exempted for community development works to be carried out by diversion of forest land.

At present user bodies that is mostly government is required to pay Rs 9.20 lakh per hectare NPV along with compensatory forest payment for diversion of forest land for any project. With this judgment government would get a huge financial relief in executing development projects in the forest area.

The Supreme Court has exempted public works such as schools, hospitals, children play grounds of non-commercial nature and the public welfare projects such as community Centres in rural areas that require forest land upto two hectares from the payment of NPV.

The Minister said that rural infrastructure and basic services such as the construction of the overhead tanks, village roads, the minor irrigation projects upto 10 hectares of storage area, municipal water supply projects, drinking water supply pipelines, housing for the rehabilitation of tribal, laying of the underground optical fiber cables, laying on pipelines for the underground transportation, district and rural roads, roads constructed by Defence in border areas, construction of the transmission lines have been also exempted from the payment of NPV.

He said that Supreme Court has also exempted activities necessary for the ecological management, relocation of the villages from the sanctuaries and national park, regularisation of pre-1980 eligible encroachers and shifting cultivation from the payment of NPV.

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