whip on forest land encroachment in Odisha’s capital city, the National Green
Tribunal (NGT) has directed the Odisha government to reclaim 18 acre patch of
forest land illegally occupied by Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology
(KIIT) and Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences.
in an interim ruling asked the chief secretary of Odisha government to initiate
necessary steps in conformity with legal procedures to evict the occupiers from
the forest land.
land needs to be taken possession of Odisha forest department for maintaining
ecology of Bhubaneswar, the sprawling capital city of Odisha, NGT observed.
activist Subash Mohaptra had earlier drawn the attention of NGT alleging that
officials and authorities of KIIT and KISS had formed an unholy nexus to grab
Forest Officer, Chandaka Forest Division, Khurda Collector and Forests &
Environment Department Secretary were asked to demarcate the encroached forest
land for reclamation of the land.