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Government of India
Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change.
13-December-2011 18:30 IST
Encroachment of Forest Land in the Country
whether it is a fact that forest land has been encroached on large scale in the country;

whether it is a fact that forest land has been encroached on large scale in the country;

if so, the details thereof, State/UT–wise; and

the steps being taken by Government to remove this encroachment?

The State –wise details of forest land under encroachment is given in annexure.

 

The protection of forest areas is primarily the responsibility of the concerned State /Union Territory Governments under the relevant provisions of various Central/State Acts, Rules and Regulations. This Ministry provides financial assistance to the State Forest Departments under a Centrally Sponsored Scheme ‘Intensification of Forest Management’ to strengthen their forest protection machinery by way of infrastructure development, use of modern technology and improved communication.  This infrastructural support provided to all State/UT Governments help them in demarcation of forest with boundary pillar, enhances the patrolling capabilities of frontline staff and strengthens efforts for eviction of forest land encroachers. Other efforts being made by various State Governments for removing encroachment includes delegation of powers of Collectors to Divisional Forest officers (DFOs) under Public Premises and Land Recovery Act, constitution of special eviction squads with the help of Police and Revenue departments, and expediting the cases of forest encroachments under trials in various Courts, etc.

 

Annexure

 “ENCROACHMENT OF FOREST LAND IN THE COUNTRY”

 

S. No.

Name of States

Area Under Encroachment (in ha.)     

As on (Date)

1

Andhra Pradesh

2,56,000.00

11.03.2011

2

Bihar

Nil

01.12.2010

3

Chhattisgarh

1,18,494.60

07.03.2011

4

Gujarat

34,791.00

31.03.2010

5

Haryana

184.63

24.11.2011

6

H.P

1,832.1403

21.03.2011

7

Karnataka

96,014.349

14.03.2011

8

Kerala

42,420.5085

16.05.2011

9

M.P

8,077.72

27.08.2011

10

Maharashtra

85,388

31.12.2010

11

Orissa

78,505.077

01.01.2004

12

Punjab

7404

23.11.2011

13

Tamil Nadu

14,352.16

07.03.2011

14

Uttaranchal

9,676

31.03.2010

15

West Bengal

12,660.972

31.03.2010

16

Arunachal Pradesh

58,553.07

04.03.2011

17

Assam

2,59,700.00

18.03.2011

18

Manipur

1,918.37

02.08.2011

19

Meghalaya

9,378.00

21.03.2011

20

Mizoram

12,057.90

01.10.2010

21

Nagaland

2,671.86

22.11.2010

22

Sikkim

3,300.96

27.05.2011

23

Tripura

47,758.14

16.03.2011

24

A & N Islands

3,326.63

10.03.2011

25

Chandigarh

14.00

11.03.2011

26

D&N Haveli

613.30

22.12.2010

27

Daman & Diu

87.83

28.09.2010

28

Lakshadweep

Nil

16.03.2011

29

Puducherry

Nil

 

 

This Information was given by the Minister of State for Environment and Forests (I/C)Smt Jayanthi  Natarajan in a written reply to a question By Shri Kanjibhai Patel in Rajya Sabha Today.

 

KP