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Arunchal to formulate Forest Act

 ITANAGAR, Oct 9 – Arunachal Pradesh, which follows the Assam Forest Regulation Act, 1891, will enact its own Forest Act to protect virgin forests and flora and fauna in the State, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests BS Sajwan said yesterday.

“We are serious about framing our own forest laws to protect the State’s biodiversity,” Sajwan told a press conference.

Without divulging the time-frame by which the Act would be ready, he said, “The process will take time. We will have to discuss the pros and cons with stakeholders before framing the laws.”

To a question on impact of construction of hydro power projects in the State on environment, Sajwan said the Ministry of Environment and Forest conducted Environment Impact Assessment before giving approval to any project.

He said, “The Centre has sanctioned a STPF company for Pakke Tiger Reserve in East Kameng district and has agreed to bear all the expenditure. – PTI

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