As compensation for the pristine tiger habitat that would be inundated by the project, the Water Ministry had agreed to acquire about 8,000 hectares of forest land from the Madhya Pradesh government
and revive them as forest.
But the FAC said this land was not good enough as it was fragmented, and, to meaningfully revive a forest that is part of tiger habitat, the land acquired ought to be contiguous. This would require,
according to the FAC, “revenue lands/non-forest lands by way of purchase or otherwise by the project proponents and the government”. Read more at