GOA: Over 46 sqkm of private forest land in Goa may have been approved by the National Green Tribunal (NGT), a major development given that it is first such parcel to be accepted as private forest in the state. However, at least another four times this area or 200 sqkm was identified as additional tracts by the Thomas and Araujo committees for North and South Goa, respectively.
Reports by these committees are yet to be finalised by the state government. In fact, last month, the deadline for land owners to file objections or representations over preliminary identification of their properties as private forest was extended to August 31, 2020.
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