Details for W.P.(Civil) No. 171-96)
NameW.P.(Civil) No. 171-96)
Forest Conservation Act, 1980 : Section 2.Applicability and Object of Act-Held object is to check deforestation which ultimately results in ecological imbalance-Therefore, the provisions made therein for the conservation of forests and for matters connected therewith apply to all forests irrespective of the nature of ownership or classification thereof-Expression forest' covers all statutorily recognised forests, whether designated as reserved, protected or otherwise for thepurpose of Section 2(i) of the Act-Expression forest land' includes not only forest' but also any area recorded as forest in the Government record irrespective of the ownership-Prior approval of the Central Government is required for any non-forest activity within the area of any "forest"- Running of saw mills of any kind including veneer or plywood mills, and mining of any mineral are non-forest purposes and are, therefore, not permissible without prior approval of the Central Government.
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