Between April 2014 and 2016, the Union ministry for environment, forest and climate change (MoEFCC) diverted 34,620 hectares of forest land, granting them final clearances, also known as stage-II clearance while diversion of 40,476 hectares will soon happen once the ministry grants them final clearance, environment minister Prakash Javadekar informed the Parliament. The ministry has approved forest land diversion both stage-II clearances for 1,513 projects under 22 project categories. The mining sector has been granted nearly a third of the diverted forest land, to the tune of 10,309 hectares. This primarily involves coal mining projects and few iron mining and bauxite mining projects and projects related to minor minerals.

Following the mining sector, the forest road sector, irrigation sector and transmission lines got a large extent of forest land diverted for projects. While 5,671 hectares was diverted for roads, 4,585 hectares of forest land was diverted for irrigation and 4,158 hectares was diverted for transmission lines.Read more