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Forest Cover Decreasing, Encroachments Increasing: J&K HC Directs Forest Department to Take Urgent Steps [READ ORDER]

Lawstreet Journal 9 Oct 2020 7:39pm

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In regard to the depleting forest cover in Jammu & Kashmir, the Single Bench of Justice Rajesh Bindal observed that certain steps need to be taken by the UT administration to improve the situation and find remedies. The Court observed that the way the forest department functions in the valley is not at all up to the mark and that it is not even monitoring the forest areas to prevent illegal encroachment. 

As per the order, Justice Bindal said that “This court is constrained to observe that the way the forest department is working cannot be appreciated. It has a large area under its control in the Union Territory of Jammu & Kashmir but unfortunately, not being monitored properly though there are ways and means to do the same. Forest cover is decreasing as encroachments are increasing day by day. Illegal forest cutting is also rampant. Some urgent steps are required to be taken to take care of our green cover”.

Justice Bindal was hearing a writ petition filed by Mohammed Sadiq Wani, which seeks a direction upon the forest authorities to extend the time limit of his permission for collection of non-timber forest produce (NTEF) from the Marwah Forest division. The Court said that “On year to year basis, the contracts are awarded for extraction/collection and removal of NTFP...In such a situation, how extension for extraction/removal of NTFP can be envisaged is a mystery. It cannot be comprehended as to how at the same time two persons can be allowed to… Continue Reading...

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