Question raised in Lok Sabha on Development of Wasteland, 20/07/2017. As per information received from Directorate of Economics and Statistics, Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, details of estimated area under agricultural / cultivable land in the 13 districts of Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh comprising the Bundelkhand region as well as details of agricultural / cultivable land in the country during 2012-13, 2013-14 and 2014-15 are given in Annexure I.

Order of the Supreme Court of India in the matter of Luna Gram Panchayat & Other Vs State of Gujarat & Others dated 06/03/2017 regarding construction of a KVA sub-station on grazing land (4,900 square meters) in village Luna, Vadodara, Gujarat. According to the counsel for the petitioners, the action at the behest of the authorities is arbitrary, because there is substantial barren land available in the village, where the sub-station can be raised.

Question raised in Lok Sabha on Watershed Management in Drought Hit Rural Areas, 17/11/2016. Department of Land Resources is currently implementing 8214 watershed development projects in 28 States (except Goa) covering an area of about 39.07 million hectare under the Watershed Development Component (WDC) of the

Biomass pellet production has increased considerably in recent years, mainly due to the demand created by policies and bioenergy-use targets in the European Union (EU). Global biomass pellet production was 24.1 million tonne (Mt) in 2014.

Question raised in Lok Sabha on Afforestation in Wastelands, 22/12/2015. In 2015-16, IWMP has been amalgamated as the Watershed Development Component of the Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana (PMKSY). Under IWMP/PMKSY, a total of 8214 projects have been sanctioned for the treatment of an area of 39.07 million ha so far at a total amount of Rs.12451.86 crore released to the States. The area covered under afforestation and number of trees planted under IWMP/PMKSY is not separately collated and maintained by DoLR.

Judgement of the National Green Tribunal (Principal Bench, New Delhi) in the matter of Shree Mahuva Bandhara Khetiwadi Vs M/s. Nirma Limited & Others dated 18/05/2015 regarding environmental clearance dated 8th December, 2008 to M/s Nirma Ltd for the cement plant and the captive power plant to be established and operated near village Padhiyarka Taluka Mahuva, District Bhavnagar, Gujarat.

By setting aside the revocation order of the Environment clearance to the controversial cement plant of Nirma Industries in Bhavnagar district of Gujarat, NGT clears the way for this project situated in an environmentally sensitive wetland area. 

Question raised in Rajya Sabha on conversion of waste land into agricultural land, 19/12/2014.

The Odisha Government asked Collectors of all 21 districts to identify government and waste land to the tune of 50,000 acres for accommodating in-coming industries.

Depletion of fossil fuels at an alarming rate coupled with ever growing challenges due to anthropogenic induced climate change stress has attracted increasing attention to blending bio-fuels worldwide. India's primary energy use is projected to expand massively to deliver a sustained GDP growth rate of 9per cent through 2031-32.

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