Order of the National Green Tribunal regarding construction on forest area (Sabik Kisam Bad Jungle), Deogarh, Odisha, 09/04/2019
Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Prahallad Pradhan & Others Vs District Collector, Deogarh & Others dated 09/04/2019 regarding Gram Panchayat building proposed to be constructed in Golabandha Village under Barkote Tahasil having Sabik Kisam Bad Jungle an area of 1.080 acres without any prior approval from Central Government as required under Forest Conservation Act 1980. The applicant has produced certain documents to show that it is in Sabik Kisam Bad Jungle which is a recorded forest as per the decision of the Supreme Court of India and any construction activity or any non-forest activities can be done in those area only with the prior sanction from the Central Government.
NGT directs that no construction activity be undertaken in that area without getting necessary permission from the concerned authorities as provided under the Forest Conservation Act, 1980. Further Divisional Forest Officer and the District Collector have been directed to conduct a joint inspection of the area and find out whether this comes under the forest.