State government took swift action to divert forest land for Central University Dharamshala: Mahender Singh Thakur

Nov 29, 2020 17:15 | Poltics
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Revenue Minister Mahender Singh Thakur said here today that the Government of India has given approval for setting up two campuses of the Central University Dharamshala, which includes the northern campus Jadarangal in Tehsil Dharamshala and the southern campus in Dehra.

 The state government has transferred 34.55 hectares of government land in 2010 to the Central University of Himachal Pradesh for the construction of the southern campus Dehra, the mutation of which was done in 2010.

He said that apart from this, the approval to divert 81.79 hectares of forest land under the Forest Conservation Act was received on December 11, 2018, in the name of User Agency Director Higher Education, Himachal Pradesh, but this included the condition that the land which has been granted permission to convert cannot be transferred in any case to another agency, department or any other person without the approval of the Central Government. There will be no change in the legal status of such diverted forest land.

On the request of Department of Revenue for this matter and some other matters, the Forest Department had requested the Union Ministry of Forest and Environment, Government of India, on 22 April, 2019 for the necessary clarification, whether the diverted forest land agency may or may not be transferred to user agency through mutation mode. The Revenue Department had also urged the Union Ministry of Forest and Environment, Government of India, whether the documents for possession of the converted forest land can be entered in the revenue records or not.

On this, the Union Ministry of Forest and Environment, through a letter on July 30, 2019, had clarified that the legal status of the forest land that is diverted under the Forest Protection Act 1980 will remain as forest land only. Such diverted land arrangement, the name of the user agency or user department cannot be transferred by the revenue department in the revenue records.

According to the clarification of the Ministry of Forest and Environment, Government of India, in the matter of Central University of Dharamshala as well as in 30 other cases, the forest land has not yet been given to the concerned user agency.

He said that the State Government is taking necessary steps for getting approval for the establishment of Central University and all other developmental projects by taking action under the Forest Conservation Act 1980, but in view of the clarification of the Ministry of Forest and Environment, the Central University and the works of many other important projects are getting delayed.

The Revenue Minister made it clear that the State Government has taken prompt action in converting forest land for the Central University under the Forest Conservation Act 1980. Necessary approval for this was also issued on December 11, 2018 and under Green Cover Plan, Rs. Five crore 60 lakh was deposited in Campa Head in November 2018. This amount was in addition to the previously deposited amount of Rs. 17 crore 27 lakh 53 thousand.

The Revenue Minister said that the State Government has taken up the matter with the Ministry of Forest and Environment Government of India to reconsider the situation arising in this regard. He urged the Union Minister of State for Finance, Ministry of Forest and Environment, Government of India to redress these technical issues so that the construction work of Central University and the pending works of about 30 other projects could be started and the pace of development could be accelerated.

Apart from this pending land transfer cases of diverted Forest Land include diversion of 4.2691 hectare of forest land in favor of IPH department for construction of LWSS, diversion of 01-39-96 hectare of forest land in favor of HP Education Department Lal Pani Shimla for construction of Government Degree College Chail Kothi District Shimla with in jurisdiction of Shimla Forest Division, Diversion of 81-79-16 hect. Land in favour of Higher Education Deptt. For establishment of Satellite Campus of Central University, HP in Dehra, Distt. Kangra., Diversion of 25.05.00 bigha land in favour of Technical Education Deptt. for construction of ITI, Udaipur, L&S., Diversion of 12.4239 hect. Land in favour of Industries Deptt. for establishment of Bio-Technology park at Mauja Aduwal, Distt. Solan., Diversion of 01.02.97 lect. Land in favour of Education Deptt. for setting up of Govt. College at Dhami, Distt. Shimla., Diversion of 0-90-36 hect. land in favour of HP Road Transport Corp. At Nagrota Bagwan in Distt. Kangra for construction of Workshop., Diversion of 2.603 hect. of forest land in favour of HP Transport Corporation for construction of Training School at Paplog, Tehsil Sarkaghat, within the jurisdiction of Suket Forest Division and Distt. Mandi HP., Diversion of 5.494 hect. of forest land in favour of HP Power Transmission Corporation for construction of MVA Sub Station at Andheri (Kala amb) in Nahan Forest Division, Sirmour, HP., Diversion of 0.4608 hect. of forest land in favour of HP Bus stand management & Development Authority for the construction of bus stand at Baba Baroh, Distt. Kangra., Diversion of 1.3554 hact. Of forest land in favour M/S Usaka Hydro Power Limited for the construction of 2.5 MW Suman Sarwari HEP within Division & District Kullu HP., Diversion of 98-1004 hact. Of forest land in favour of SJVN Ltd. Bithal Shimla, for the construction of Luhri HEP Stage-1 (219 MW), within the jurisdiction of Anil, Kotgarh and Rampur Forest Division, District Shimla & Kullu HP., Diversion of 0.4795 hectare additional forest land in favour of M/s KKK Hydro power Ltd. from 3.00 MW to 4.9 MW within the jurisdiction of forest division & district Kullu HP, Diversion of 9.55 hectare of additional forest land (over and above already approved 37-629 hectare) for the cfonst4ruction of 192 MW Allain Duhangan Hydro Electric Project in Kullu Forest Division in H.P., Diversion of 37.629 hectare of forest land for the construction of Allain Duhangan Hydro Electric Project in favour of M/s Rajsthan Spinning and Weaving Mills Ltd. in H.p., Diversion of 1.4236 hectare of forest land for construction of Baragram Small Hydro Electric Project in District Kullu, Diversion of 1.69 hectare of forest land in favour of M/s Puri Oil Mills Ltd. for construction of 2.00 MW Chaksi Mini HEP at Village Pulga within the jurisdiction of Parvati forest division, District Kullu, Diversion of 0.9583 hectare of forest land for construction of 1.5 MW Haripur Nalah Small HEP, within the jurisdiction of forest division of District Kullu, H.P., Diversion of 2.2026 hectare of forest land in favour of M/s Aleo Manali Hydro Power Ltd. for construction of 4.8 MW SHEP Aleo-2 within the jurisdiction of Kullu forest division and District Kullu, H.P.  Diversion of 1.9547 hectare of forest land for construction of 2x2.5 MW Braham Ganga Hydro Electric Project, Mankaran in Parvati forest Division  District Kullu, diversion of 4.1119 hectare of forest land in favor of M/s Sandhaya Hydro Power Project Balarghu Pvt. Ltd. for the construction of 5 MW Balarghu Small HEP within the jurisdiction of Parvati forest Division Shamshi Kullu, application for lease of 0-03-25 and 0-09-72 hectare of government land in H.P. for construction of RAURA, HEP in village Yula Khas village Urni, Up-Mohal, Kutano, Tehsil Nichar, District Kinnaur under lease, in favour of M/s Gumma Hydro Project Stage-II for establishing one MW small Hydro Power Project in tehsil Chirgaon District Shimla on government forest land measuring 0-79-66 hectare for providing on lease basis, in favor of M/s Liund Hydro Power Project Ltd. for constructing two MW small Hydro Power Project in Tehsil Dharamshala in District Kangra on government forest land measuring 3-97-11 for providing on lease basis, in favor of M/s Pinnacle Hydro Energy Pvt. Ltd. for constructing two MW small Hydro Power Project in Tehsil Manali in District Kullu on government land measuring 01-93-67 hectare land for providing it on lease, diversion in favor of National Thermal Power Corporation Ltd. for constructing of Coal Dam Hydro Power Project in Tehsil Sunni of District Shimla on government forest land measuring about 18-53-46 hectare for providing it on lease, in favor of M/s JSW Energy Ltd. for establishing 240 MW Kuthehar small Hydro Power Project in Tehsil Bharmour in District Chamba on government forest land measuring about 679-04-12 bigha for providing on lease basis, lease of diverted forest land in favor of M/s New Dhauladhar Techo Power Pvt. Ltd. Palampur Kangra for establishment of Sethu one MW SHEP, application of lease of 0-03-25 and 0-09-72 hectare of government land in HP for construction of Raura HEP in village Yulla Khas village Urni, Up-Mohal Kutano, Tehsil Nichar in District Kinnaur under the lease, diversion of 64.3258 hectare of forest land for laying of 220 KV transmission line from Prini to Panarsa/ Banala in favor of M/s AD Hydro Power Ltd. in Kullu and regarding lease deed of diverted forest land measuring 0-95-83 hectare of Phati Hallan-1 in Kullu District.