Bhubaneswar: Additional Chief Secretary, Revenue & Disaster Management Satyabrata Sahu said that the State Government has created Land Bank of over 26,000 Acres for Compensatory Afforestation (CA) across the State.
He Around 26,500 acers of degraded revenue forest land were identified in 18 districts during the month of January, 2022.
The districts like Keonjhar, Sndargarh, Bolangir, Jajpur, Mayurbhanj, Balasore, Sambalpur, Angul, Cuttack, Dhenkanal, Ganjam, Jagatsinghpur, Jharsuguda, Malkangiri, Nabrangpur, Nuapada, Subrnapur and Nayagarh contributed land to the land bank.
ACS R&DM said Keonjhar district led the suit with identification of around 10,800 acers of land in a month.
Additional Chief Secretary Mr.Sahu said that target was fixed to increase size of the land bank to 50,000 acers by March, 2022. He also fixed the ambitious target of bringing in about one lakh hectares of land to the fold of land bank for CA within a year.
Mr.Sahu briefed in a high level meeting chaired by Chief Secretary Suresh Chandra Mahapatra here on 9 February.
It was decided in the meeting that Additional Chief Secretary R & DM would be the Nodal Officer for allotment of land for compensatory afforestation. The executing agencies of the developmental projects would approach the ADM (Revenue) of the concerned district for demarcation of land for CA out of the land bank.
Old forest issues in the housing areas of Bhubaneswar Development Authority ( BDA) and Odisha state Housing Board (OSHB) where people lived nearly four decades ago were resolved in a high level meeting held in virtual mode under the Chairmanship of Chief Secretary Mr. Mahapatra wherein Additional Chief Secretary Forest and Environment Dr Mona Sharma outlined the issues for discussion.
Considering different dimensions of the problems encountered by people who lived in Barmunda, Paikanagar, Kanana Vihar and Jyadev Vihar areas from 1970s, Mr.Mahapatra directed BDA to complete the forest diversion proposals in a month. He directed to undertake compensatory afforestation (CA) against the forest land to be diverted. ADM Cuttack and DFO Athagarh were asked to demarcate the land for CA out of the land already identified by the department of Revenue and Disaster Management (R & DM). Around 2000 households would be benefited by this intervention.
Additional Chief Secretary Forest, Environment and Climate Change Mona Sharma, Principal Secretary Housing and Urban Development, G. Mathivathanan, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, Sisir Kumar Ratho, Vice Chairman BDA, Sanjay Kumar Singh, Special Secretary R & DM, Avaya Nayak, Secretary Odisha State Housing Board, Sagarika Pattnaik along with senior officers of concerned departments participated in the discussions.