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Amaravati Threatens to March on Kondapalli

The Government of Andhra Pradesh is awaiting clearance from the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change to divert 124 square kilometres of forestland to build Amaravati capital city region. What is the procedure to divert forestlands? What will be the consequences on communities dependent on the forest? Have other cities in India been built on forestland? What is the ecological value of the forestlands in question?

Come monsoons, and the newspapers of Andhra Pradesh (AP) are filled with pictures of plantation drives being taken up by every government department, school, hospital, non-governmental organisation (NGO), and even in private spaces.  

In 2016, speaking at a gathering to celebrate World Environment Day, Chief Minister of AP N Chandrababu Naidu had announced that the target that year was to plant 50 crore saplings (ToI 2016).

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Published On : 20th Jan, 2024

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