ENVIS Centre, Ministry of Environment & Forest, Govt. of India

Printed Date: Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Purpose-Wise Forestland Diversion

Purpose-Wise Forestland Diversion
Regularisation of encroachments took up the largest chunk of diversions. Most of this happened in 1990 and 2001
Purpose/Sector
Forestland diverted
Area (ha)
Percentage (%)
Defence
46,087.93
3.89
Social services
65,165.24
5.5
Power projects (hydel, thermal, wind and transmission lines)
167,118.00
14.12
Irrigation
141,641.76
11.96
Mining
159,660.34
13.49
Transport (railways and roads)
60,363.10
5.1
Others (including industries)
175,498.24
14.82
Regularisation of encroachment
368,432.07
31.12
Total forestland diverted
11,83,966.68
 

    

Source: Down to Earth Annual (2014)