Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Nitin Saxena Vs Department of Forest & Others dated 04/08/2023.

The application was filed by Nitin Saxena, a resident of Bhopal complaining that Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) has illegally cut several trees in Borvan forest area/Borvan Park where more than 1,25,977 trees are standing and it comes in the catchment area of 'Bhoj wetland', a Ramsar site.

The Ministry of Law and Justice (MoL&J) on August 04, 2023, notified the Forest (Conservation) Amendment Act, 2023 further to amend the Forest (Conservation) Act, 1980.

Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change moved the Forest (Conservation) Amendment Bill 2023 as reported by the Joint Committee of Parliament to be taken into consideration in Lok Sabha and subsequently requested the House to get the Bill passed.

The Joint Committee on the Forest (Conservation) Amendment Bill, 2023 presented its report on July 20, 2023. The Bill amends the Forest (Conservation) Act, 1980. The Act provides for conservation of forest land. The Bill adds and exempts certain types of land from the purview of the Act.

Order of the National Green Tribunal (Central Zone Bench, Bhopal) in the matter of Shree Degray Oran Temple and Oran Development Institute Vs State of Rajasthan & Others dated 19/04/2023.

The NGT quashed the appeal with regard to the grant of stage-I forest clearance dated March 25, 2021 and the interim approval for felling of trees and commencement of work dated June 22, 2021 granted to the Power Grid Corporation, Fatehgarh Transmission Ltd. for construction of 765KV/DC Fatehgarh 2 to Bhadla 2 transmission line.

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of In re : news item published in the Newspaper The Hindu dated 02.10.2022 titled “Over 6,000 trees illegally cut for tiger safari project in Corbett Reserve, says FSI report” dated 17/04/2023.

The matter has been taken up suo motu by the Tribunal in the light of captioned media report to the effect that 600 trees have been illegally cut in Corbett Tiger Reserve in Kalagarh Tiger Reserve Division in Uttrakhand. It is further stated that the Forest Survey of India (FSI) was asked to assess the status of illegally felled trees.

Environment Minister introduced the Forest (Conservation) Amendment Bill, 2023 in Lok Sabha on March 29, 2023 that seeks to bring clarity to the country's forest conservation law and exempt certain categories of lands from its purview to fast-track strategic and security-related projects of national importance.

Judgment of the Supreme Court of India in the matter of Narinder Singh & Others Vs Divesh Bhutani & Others dated 21/07/2022.

The issue related to whether a land covered under a special order issued by the government of Haryana under section 4 of the Punjab Land Preservation Act, 1900 (PLPA) is a forest land within the meaning of the Forest (Conservation) Act, 1980.

The environment ministry has directed the constitution of a project screening committee in each state/UT for an initial review proposals involving diversion of forest land, according to this Forest (Conservation) Rules, 2022.

India has recorded an increase of 1,540 square kilometres in its forest cover, according to the biennial India’s State of Forest Report 2021, published by the Forest Survey of India. This is the increase recorded during 2019 and 2021