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.
Marine Fossil Park will be established in Koriya district of Chhattisgarh. State Government's Forest Department will develop this fossil park. It is noteworthy that a marine fossil have been discovered on the bank of Hasdeo River near Manendragarh of Koriya district. Forest Department officials received information in the context during their visit to the area. Scientists from Lucknow based Birbal Sahni Institute of Palaeobotany have also inspected the area near Amakherwa village and have confirmed the existence of large quantity of fossil there.
State Government have approved construction of building for Government Lahidi College in Chirmiri area of Koriya district. In the current financial year, Rs 50 lakh has been provisioned in the supplementary budget for the construction of this college building.