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Private forest issue: govt extends objection filing date


The state government has extended the last date for receipt of objections or submitting representations, if any, from the landowners whose land has been preliminary identified as a private forest by the district-level expert committee for North and South Goa (Thomas and Araujo committee) till May 15, 2020 in view of the COVID-19 scenario.

It is informed to all concerned that objections/representations can be submitted through email to avoid unnecessary travel to submit the same physically, states a public notice issued by the Deputy Conservator of Forest, working plan division, Ponda, Deep Shika Sharma, on Monday.

Earlier, the government had extended the deadline for filing objections and submitting representations on private forest matter till March 31, 2020 from March 15, 2020 following the demand from affected parties.

A review committee on private forest headed by Anthony D’Souza, the Joint Secretary (Revenue) has already submitted its final report last month.

Now, the government has appointed another review committee to receive objections and representations, if any, from the affected parties whose land has been identified as private forest by Thomas and Araujo committees.

The matter related to the private forests is also being heard by the National Green Tribunal.

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