Bhopal:Wednesday, July 2,The state government has simplified the procedure of granting permission for cutting trees to get timber wood in villages adjoining government forests. Now tahasildars have been authorized to give the permission for this to the villagers. The maximum limit of cutting of upto two cubic meters in a year has also been abolished.
In view of the difficulties faced by the farmers in cutting trees the Minister for Forests Kunwar Vijay Shah had directed the departmental officers to review the procedure. The procedure has now been simplified. Now the landowners would not be required to come to district headquarter for this purpose, as they would get the permission locally.
The state government has introduced the Regulation Rules-2007 to regulate cutting and felling of timber wood trees in villages adjoining government forests. The villagers willing to cut or fell such a tree would have to make an application in three copies to concerning tahasildar, who would, in turn, provide a copy each to the sub divisional officer, forest and gram panchayat level committee. On receiving the recommendations of both of them tahasildar would consider as to which trees are not to be cut or felled to check soil erosion or in public interest and would grant permission for cutting of remaining trees. The permission would be valid for one revenue year.