1114.11 hectares forest land cleared of encroachments: Altaf

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JAMMU: Minister for Forest Mian Altaf Ahmed today informed the House that 1114.11 hectares of forest land has been cleared from the encroachers which include 987.01 hectares in Kashmir and 127.10 in Jammu division.

Replying to a question by Mr. Balwant Singh Mankotia, the Minister said that 7 road projects under PMGSY of Udhampur district have been cleared by the Forest Advisory Committee recently. He said that 102 cases with regard to forest clearance are pending in the Department and steps are being taken to clear these cases on merit.

The Minister said that for providing better road communication to far-flung areas like Chenab valley, Poonch, Rajouri, Udhampur, Reasi, Kupwara and for other developmental projects, the Forest Department remains liberal in giving necessary clearance.

Regarding Monkey Nuisance in the state particularly in Jammu division, the Minister urged the civil society to cooperate with the Government for taking amicable measures for preparing an action plan to combat the Monkey menace.

Mr. Ashok Kumar, Mr. Ajaz Jan, Mr. Sharief Niaz, Mr. Harshdev Singh, Mr. Krishan Chander Bhagat, Mr. Hakeem Mohammad Yasin, Mr. M. Y. Tarigami and Mr. Lal Chand raised the supplementaries.

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