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For govt agencies,Forest dept approval now must before selling land

In an effort to reduce delays in getting clearance for plans and construction projects,the Delhi government has made it mandatory for all agencies to get a ‘no objection’ certificate from the forest department before auctioning or allotting land for development.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi |
February 24, 2009 11:44:38 pm

In an effort to reduce delays in getting clearance for plans and construction projects,the Delhi government has made it mandatory for all agencies to get a ‘no objection’ certificate from the forest department before auctioning or allotting land for development.

As per the decision cleared by the Cabinet on Monday,agencies like the DDA,MCD,NDMC,the Cantonment Board and the Land and Development department,which own land in the vicinity of the ridge area,cannot transfer land to anyone before getting permission from the Forest department.

As per the arrangement so far,the allottees would themselves go to the Forest department for building plan approval and No Objection Certificate.

“This is being done to reduce the time and effort that goes into getting clearances. From now on if the DDA or the MCD decide to give land for some project,they will have to directly come to the Forest department for approval before allotting the land,” a Forest department official said.

Also,before allotting land the agencies will have to get prior permission to fell trees. The building plan will not be approved before a permission of the department is taken,the official said.

“Even if the plot of land in question has just one tree,the agency will have to take permission. This will cut delays in projects often held up after the land is allotted,” a government official said.

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