Centre okays transfer of 11.9ha forest land for Shelgaon barrage

  • | Sunday | 26th November, 2023

Nashik: The Union ministry of forests and environment has approved the transfer of 11.9 hectare of forest land to the water resources department for the Shelgaon barrage project. The Jalgaon administration requires the land for the barrage, which will create a new water source for drinking, irrigation and industrial purposes in Jalgaon, Bhusawal and Yaval talukas. The land required for the project was owned by the forest department. The union minister of forests Prakash Jawdekar, guardian minister Gulabrao Patil, rural development minister Girish Mahajan, MP Unmesh Patil and collector of Jalgaon Ayush Prasad kept following up on the issue with respective ministries. Finally, a piece of land in Parbhani district was transferred to the forest department. In return, the 11.95 hectare forest land was cleared for the project, a senior officer from the water resources department (WRD) said.Efforts to get the land started in 2011, however, they were slow-paced. It was after district collector Ayush Prasad met with WRD officials some time back when the situation came to light. The collector later presented concerned papers and requested the state government, the Nagpur office of the forest department and the forest ministry of the central government to hand over the land, which has now been approved.Shelgaon barrage is 187 metres in length and was first sanctioned in 1998. Since then, it has been under construction on the Tapi river and is nearing completion.We also published the following articles recentlyWrong tiger tranquilised? NTCA seeks report from Madhya Pradesh forest departmentThe National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) has sought a report from the Madhya Pradesh forest department on the wrong tiger being tranquilised and captured in Seoni, Madhya Pradesh. The MP forest team mistakenly darted a 12-year-old tiger near Pench Tiger Reserve, which villagers claim is a cattle-lifter and not responsible for the human killings. Wildlife activist Capt Brajesh Bharadwaj has filed a complaint urging NTCA to examine the sequence of events and accurately identify the two tigers responsible for the killings.Maharashtra Forest Department Result 2023 declared on mahaforest.gov.in, direct link hereThe Maharashtra Forest Department has declared the Forest Department Result 2023 for all posts, excluding Forest Guard. Candidates can check their results on the official website using their login credentials. The written examination for various posts was conducted from July 31 to August 11, 2023. The department aims to fill 2417 vacancies through this recruitment drive. Selected candidates will proceed to the Physical Efficiency Test (PET) and Physical Measurement Test (PMT).Five elephants electrocuted in Jharkhand forestA herd of five wild elephants, including two calves, two adult females, and a male, tragically died after coming into contact with a high-tension overhead electrical wire in a forest in Jharkhand. The carcasses were discovered by villagers who entered the forest for firewood. The elephants were electrocuted when an elephants trunk touched a 33KV live overhead transmission line. The close proximity of the herd resulted in the other four elephants also being affected. A veterinary team will conduct autopsies and investigate the incident further.

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