Cutting down green trees for any development activity requires permission of the Forest department. The land is transferred to the agency which has sought permission for deforestation in the area. While the rule says Forest department should plant trees
on double the land area for which it has given permission to cut trees, most of the times, department could not render compensatory afforestation as there is no alternate land available, or there is no information about vacant land in the district.
"With land bank coming into existence, district magistrates would be able to provide information about vacant land instantly," said sources in the planning department. The bank has information about vacant land of varying sizes.
So far, the information has been provided by Barabanki, Bahraich, Lalitpur, Farrukhabad, Sitapur, Ferozabad and Faizabad have provided the information about vacant land.
The vacant land has also been categorised. There are 3,888 chunks of 1 to 5 hectares land, 225 chunks of 5 to 10 hectare land, 96 chunks of 10 to 25 hectare land, 18 chunks of 25 to 50 hectare land and a single chunk of a 100
hectare land. Some 1,200 hectare gram sabha land is also vacant.
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