DIVERSION OF FOREST LAND

Diversion of Forest Land under Section 2 of F (C) Act, 1980

About 59383.59 hectare of forest land has been diverted under the Forest (Conservation) Act, 1980 for 538 number of different developmental projects as on 31.12.2021; the details of such diversion are reflected below:


Name of the Sector No. of Proposals Forest Area diverted (ha)
Irrigation 85 10653.05
Industry 34 4438.52
Mining 193 29989.53
Energy 08 159.45
Road & Bridges 54 1449.37
Railway 25 2768.29
Defence 04 3865.25
Human Habitation 05 366.46
Transmission 74 4377.03
Others 56 1316.64
TOTAL 538 59383.59

Diversion of Forest Land under Section 3 (2) of Forest Rights Act 2006

The Scheduled Tribes & Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006 secure individual or community tenure or both. The Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change, Government of India has authorized Divisional Forest Officers to grant permission for diversion of forest land up to 1 hectare in each case & this involves felling of trees not exceeding 75 numbers per hectare for small projects in 13 categories as envisaged under section-3(2) of Forest Rights Act, 2006. About 1088.394 hectare of forest land has been diverted for 2203 number of different small developmental projects under the above Act as on 31.12.2021.The sector wise details are given below:


Name of the Sector No. of Proposals Forest Area diverted (ha)
Anganwadi 19 00.856
Electric Line 628 323.345
Water Harvesting Structure 43 11.787
Tank & other Minor Water Bodies 35 14.014
Drinking Water Supply & Water Pipeline 383 75.605
Irrigation 71 25.864
Road 704 479.699
School 127 74.158
Community Centre 102 34.433
Vocational Training Centre 32 21.963
Hospital 15 5.167
Telephone Line 15 2.886
Non-Convention Energy Source 05 4.044
Fair Price Shop 01 1.000
Others 23 13.573
TOTAL 2203 1088.394

Diversion of Forest Land under General Approval by State Government

The Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change, Government of India has authorized the State Government to grant General Approval under Section 2 of Forest (Conservation) Act, 1980 for diversion of forest land up to 5 hectare in each case (in two laning of roads, the area is not limited to 5 hectare) for creation of critical public utility infrastructure by Government Departments and this involves felling of trees not exceeding 50 number of trees per hectare in Left Wing Extremism (LWE) affected districts in 15 categories. As on 31.12.2021, about 82.799 hectare of forest land has been diverted under the above Act for 20 number of different developmental projects in LWE districts; the details of such diversion are reflected below:


Name of the Sector No. of Proposals Forest Area diverted (ha)
Road 07 53.540
Stone Quarry 01 2.992
Police Establishment 04 3.972
Drinking Water Supply 04 6.241
Power Sub-Station 01 2.833
Irrigation 01 4.800
Transmission Line 01 4.261
School 01 4.160
TOTAL 20 82.799

Rights to Tribal and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (OTFD)

The Tribal and other traditional forest dwellers have been granted individual rights and community rights as per provisions of the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Rights) Act, 2006.