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Porvorim: Deputy chief minister and Forest minister Vijai Sardesai has said that the state might ask for more time to the National Green Tribunal to submit survey report about private forest lands in the State.

“Major issue which is affecting the forest is private forest land. There is a time line wherein Sawant-Karapur committee’s survey report has to be submitted to the National Green Tribunal,” Sardesai said after chairing the meeting of senior officers from forest department.

Sardesai said that there is a time line which is fast approaching, which Goa government is not in a position to adhere.

“I am new. All the people in position are new including chief minister. We need to study this issue because it has huge implication on the state and consult all stakeholders before taking the next step,” he said.

“There are lot of aggrieved parties specially individuals who are upset because their land is classified as private forest  without site inspection but with just ocular surveys,” he said.

“Supreme court had given directives to conduct survey as per Sawant Karapurkar report. In that they have surveyed and prepared a report. We have to know based on which the forest is classified,” he said.

“We want to study this issue. I have told the department that I need to study it. The deadline was end of the month. We will have a joint meeting soon to decide on this,” he said.

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