Supreme Court – The New Indian Express

By Express press service

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court-appointed Central Empowered Committee (CEC) says the city government’s Panchayat department has allocated forest land for construction of a world-class skills center and Delhi Skill University in Jaunapur in South Delhi without prior approval from the central government.

According to the Forests (Conservation) Act 1980, prior permission from the central government is required for the de-reservation or diversion of forest land for non-forest purposes.

The CEC said it had written to Delhi’s chief secretary in July last year seeking clarification on the matter and the city government had yet to provide a response ‘despite repeated reminders’ . He said the forest land measuring 37.11 acres in Jaunapur, since transferred to the Department of Training and Technical Education, was shown as “residential” in Delhi Development Authority records.

“Forest land has been allocated for non-forest use by Director of Panchayat, Government of NCT Delhi without prior approval from Central Government,” he said in a communication dated August 22 to the Secretary in leader of Delhi.

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court-appointed Central Empowered Committee (CEC) says the city government’s Panchayat department has allocated forest land for construction of a world-class skills center and Delhi Skill University in Jaunapur in South Delhi without prior approval from the central government. According to the Forests (Conservation) Act 1980, prior permission from the central government is required for the de-reservation or diversion of forest land for non-forest purposes. The CEC said it had written to Delhi’s chief secretary in July last year seeking clarification on the matter and the city government had yet to provide a response ‘despite repeated reminders’ . He said the forest land measuring 37.11 acres in Jaunapur, since transferred to the Department of Training and Technical Education, was shown as “residential” in Delhi Development Authority records. “Forest land has been allocated for non-forest use by Director of Panchayat, Government of NCT Delhi without prior approval from Central Government,” he said in a communication dated August 22 to the Secretary in leader of Delhi.

Valerie J. Wallis