Cuttack: The Division of Normal Administration (GA) within the Odisha Authorities on Tuesday submitted an affidavit within the Orissa Excessive Court docket stating {that a} complete of 870 shall be felled to pave approach for the development of quarters for the Members of the Odisha Legislative Meeting in Unit 4, Bhubaneswar, and eight,700 timber, that’s 10 occasions of the timber being felled, could be planted.

Additional, the State authorities knowledgeable the Orissa HC that tree felling and different actions have been carried out in compliance with the provisions and with none violations of legal guidelines.

The Excessive Court docket directed the petitioner, social activist Jayanti Das, to file a response on this regard and stuck the following date of listening to on the matter for September 7.

A bench comprising Orissa Excessive Court docket Chief Justice S. Muralidhar and Justice Radha Krishna Pattanaik heard the case and posted the following listening to to September 7.

Within the affidavit, Itishree Rout, Deputy Director, Dept of Normal Administration, said that it had been determined to fell 870 timber from the development website of MLA quarters and the remainder of the timber shall be relocated to 3 totally different places.

A gathering chaired by the Regional Chief Conservator of Forests was held on 2nd June 2022. It was attended by officers from the Normal Administration, OBCC, OFDC, Bhubaneswar Metropolis DFO, and native vary officers. The variety of timber within the space shall be assessed once more. After this evaluation, the variety of timber to be felled and the variety of timber to be planted have been mentioned. Some timber shall be relocated to Budha Park in Lumbini Vihar, Utkal Hospital in Niladri Vihar and Guru Kelucharan Park in VSS Nagar. The timber that shall be relocated shall be recognized and planted elsewhere within the metropolis.

In response to the affidavit, a complete of 170 Sort-VI quarters shall be constructed on the recognized website and a sum of Rs 274.41 crore has been earmarked for a similar. Equally, Rs 285 crore shall be spent development of 105 Sort-VII quarters. The OBCC is the nodal company for the development of those quarters.

A joint investigation was carried out by the GA division, Bhubaneswar Tehsildar and the forest division and it was proposed to chop down a complete of 870 timber and plant 8,700 timber at a value of Rs 68.70 lakhs. The OBCC has already deposited the quantity with the Metropolis DFO.

Whereas the state authorities plans to plant 10,000 timber in Bhubaneswar this yr, the Bhubaneswar Municipal Company (BMC) shall be planting 3,607 timber, the affidavit states.


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