‘Delay in granting green clearance affecting development along LAC’

The delay in granting environmental clearance has affected development of military infrastructure, especially along areas bordering China, Government said on Wednesday. ‘It has been observed by the Central Government that due to lengthy processes involved in grant of approval under the Forest (Conservation) Act, 1980, many important defence projects, especially the border roads in areas close to Line of Actual Control are getting delayed,’ environment minister Prakash Javadekar said in a written reply to Lok Sabha.

He also said that with a view to expedite creation of requisite road network along the LAC, Environment Ministry has accorded general approval under Section 2 of the Forest (Conservation) Act, 1980 for diversion of forest land required for construction and widening of two lane roads by the Border Road Organisation (BRO) and other road construction agencies entrusted with the job by the Ministry of Defence, in the area falling within 100 km aerial distance from the LAC.
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