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Paryavaran Bhawan, CGO Complex, Lodhi Road, New Delhi - 110 510. Dated: 7s January,2073

To The PrincipaX Secretary (Forestsl" All State / Union Territori' Gorrernments

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Guidelines for diversion of forest land for non-forest purposes under the Forest (Conservation) Act, 1980 - iVlodificadon in para 4.4 and2.2 (1ll) thereof.

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I am directed to say thai the Central Gorrernment has received representation from a\r" various Ministries and user agencies to relax para 4.4 and para 2.2 (Il1) of the guidelines Jn issued under the Forest (Conservation) Act, 1980 in respect of linear projects involving use A(t V'i _,.t_tf;l"6,land falling in a porffin of their length {allirrg in several Forest Divisions/States. it'W LU 1grn" issue has been examngcl in its entirety in considerable depth by this Ministry \g O and a{ter careful considerations; tiiis Minis.hy hereby takes the following decisions: .'1. The following shall be added in para 4.4 of the guidelines for diversion of forest land

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diuersion of forest land. Details of all such stretches along uith alternate alignments identified to bypass tlrc forest lsnd sltould be explicitly proaided in the

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approual under the Act for Ciaersion of forest land is declined, it is technically feasible to execute tlrc prcject nlong nn nlternate alignment utithout inaolzting

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linenr projects irzztoluing use af forest land falling in a portion of their length, pendirLg consideration of a,pprottal under the Act, urork on non-.forest the case

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Iand may only be exenrted upto suclt point (to be selected by the user agenry) on

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for non-forest purposes under the Forest (Conservation) Ac! 1980:

proposal seeking approztal undertlrc Act. I

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ruork an non forest lnnd will not confer any right on the use{ {tgency ra!.th regnrd to yant of npproaal under the Act. Lafarge judgment that comnrcncentent

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The projects inuolzting zuictenin{ upgrad*tion of existing roads ntill only nlloroed to be executed on i|ze entiye stretch locsted

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in non- forest land, prouided

the user figency subrnits slt undertaking that exeurtion of work on non-forest land

utill not apply to rords locctea roitli'n the Protected Arens and eco-sensitirte zones ilround tle Pyotecied Arens rttlzere intpacts rryon raildlife hnue also to be considered.

This issues with approval of the Hon'ble Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Environment and Forests.

(H.C. Chaudhary) Assistant Inspector General of Forests

Copy to:-

1.. Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, ailstate/TJT Governments.

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2. Nodal Officer, the Forest (Conse'rvation) Act, 1980, ali State/UT Governments. 3. All Regional offices, Minisiry of Environment & Forests. 4. ]oint secretray in-charge, Impact Assessment Division, MoEF. 5. All Assistant Inspector General of Forests in Forest Conservation Division, MoEF. 6. Director R-o. (HQ), Minishy of Environment & Forests, New Delhi. 7. Sr. PI'S to the Secretray, Environrnent and Forests. 8. sr. PPS to tFDirector General of Forests & special secretray, MoEF. 9. Guard File.

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