Several proposals cleared
SRINAGAR, SEPTEMBER 6: The Forest Advisory Committee (FAC) headed by Chief Secretary, B B Vyas Wednesday in its 102nd meeting cleared several proposals of urgent developmental and public importance, on the specified terms and conditions.
The proposals cleared today include use of forest land for construction of PMGSY roads in Ramnagar, Nowshera, Reasi and Kishtwar Forest Divisions, construction of PWD road from Handwara to Bangus in Langate Forest Division, Mujpathri to Doodhpathri via Sochalpathri in Pirpanjal Forest Division, construction of Solid Waste Management Plant at Gulmarg in Special Forest Division Tangmarg and construction of various components related to Water Supply Scheme at Ningli Ghat in Bandipora Forest Division.
Financial Commissioner Revenue, Mr Lokesh Dutt Jha, Administrative Secretaries of the departments of Forest, Ecology & Environment, PW(R&B) and Tourism and other senior officers/concerned HoDs were present in the meeting.
While reiterating the directions for ensuring minimum felling of trees and undertaking compensatory afforestation over alternate land in lieu of diversion of forest land, Chief Secretary stressed upon strict supervision and monitoring of approved works in the forest areas. He emphasised that during the conceptualization stage itself, the road alignments be worked out in a manner so as to ensure minimum felling of tress. He called upon Administrative Secretaries to include in their itinerary, inspection of at least two PMGSY roads and other development works being executed in various forest divisions of the State.
Chief Secretary further directed that the concerned territorial Forest Officers be made responsible for ensuring that commitments in regard to muck disposal are fulfilled by the user agencies as per the contract agreement.