THE state of Rajasthan evokes images of
camels loping over lifeless sand stretching to the horizon, without the welcome
punctuation of green cover. So the state
government's bid to denotify 3,500 sq
km of forest cover for mining purposes
sparked off an alarum. Rajasthan has
hardly 9 per cent notified forest area, of
which only 3 per cent - 17,000 sq km
is under forest cover.
These areas, rich in marble and mineral deposits, have lately caught the state government s avaricious eye. There are'plans to convert Banswara, Dungarpur, Udaipur, Rajsamund and Alwar districts into mining locations. As a measure of its seriousness, the state government is set to use a clause from the obsolete Rajasthan Forest Act, 1953, allowing denotification of forests.
We are a voice to you; you have been a support to us. Together we build journalism that is independent, credible and fearless. You can further help us by making a donation. This will mean a lot for our ability to bring you news, perspectives and analysis from the ground so that we can make change together.
Comments are moderated and will be published only after the site moderator’s approval. Please use a genuine email ID and provide your name. Selected comments may also be used in the ‘Letters’ section of the Down To Earth print edition.