Felling of Trees on Private Land
As per the Para 24 of the interim order dated 15.01.1998 passed by the hon’ble Supreme Court of India in Writ Petition (Civil) Number 202 of 1995 – T.N. Godavarman Thirumalpad VS Union of India Ors. trees from the forests under the District, regional and Village Council shall be Worked in accordance with the Working Scheme which shall specify both the programme for regeneration and harvesting and whose period shall not be less than 5 years.
In pursuance of the above order, working scheme for the selected private and community owned forests have been approved by the North Eastern Regional Office of the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India.
As per the Para 25 of the above order, plantations raised on private and community holdings shall be excluded from the above detailed requirements but shall be regulated under respective state rules and regulations.
In pursuance to the above order, detailed draft rules for regulating felling of tress from the private plantations have been prepared which are presently under the consideration of the Government of Meghalaya.