Road construction in forest areas of LWE affected districts is no more a complicated procedure

Dr. Raman Singh Chief Minister in Chhattisgarh

General approval for construction of roads on forestland in 10 Left Wing Extremism (LWE) affected districts of state will now be granted easily, as Central Government has slackened the rules related to this procedure. Centre has simplified the procedure for general approval under Section-2 of Central Forest Conservation Act 1980, keeping in view the need of infrastructural development for public utility. As per the simplified procedure, the general approval for construction of two-lane highways on forestland will be given by State Government itself. In the context, Chief Secretary Vivek Dhand has issued a circular to Additional Chief Secretaries, Principal Secretaries and Secretaries of all the departments, and also to the Divisional Commissioners and District Collectors.
According to the officials, simplification of clearance procedure will largely benefit the areas of 10 LWE affected districts of state, by expediting construction of roads over here and connecting it to mainstream development. These 10 LWE affected districts include Bastar (Jagdalpur), Bijapur, Dantewada, Kanker, Narayanpur, Jashpur, Kabeerdham (Kawardha), Rajnandgaon, Koriya and Sarguja. This simplified procedure will also be applicable in the new districts, which have been formed by reorganizing the aforementioned old districts. It is noteworthy that Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh, in his meeting with Union Minister of State for Forest and Environment Prakash Jawdekar in New Delhi on June 10, 2014, had made Central Government aware of the complications arising in procedure of forest and environment clearances.

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