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Live and let live...
Key to sustainable development
15/11/2007

For the uninitiated here is a new way to bypass laws and exploit nature. Northern Region Office of Ministry of Environment and Forests granted permission to convert 0.093 hectares of forest land for the purpose of parking space in McLeodganj which was fraudulently converted into a 40 room hotel, the basement of which was converted into a parking alley. For that matter, privatisation of Common Property Resources (CPRs) which are warranted to be important sources of fuel, fodder, energy for livestock and other essentials which played a pivotal role in the lives of poor rural farmers, during the period of 1950-1980, made mayhem dawn upon the lives of many who depended on these CPRs.

Forest Conservation Act, 1980, clearly states that no forest land will be diverted for non-forest use without permission from MoEF. But forest land is being used for commercial purpose even without the ministry’s approvals. Construction work in essence is not the problem. The problem is lack of sustainable development to let nature thrive while allowing to create space for meeting residential needs of India’s burgeoning population. For millions of years, nature has sustained India, making it what it known as Vasudev Kutumbakam. Yet we don’t realise its importance. Remember the Golden Goose story? Surely, it’s getting repeated.

By:- B&E
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