: As many as seven trees are being cut on an average in the state, as per statistics provided by the forest department. Since June 30, 2017, the government has received 2,889 applications of which the forest department granted permission to cut 2,524 tress.
Of the 2,524 trees that were granted permission to be cut, 1,041 (1,304 applications were received) were in North Goa, while 1,483 trees (1,585 applications were submited) were in South Goa.
More than 20 applications were rejected by the forest department, of which at least seven were from North and 16 were from South. About 180 applications are pending before the department. Of these, about 95 are in North and 86 are in South.
Permission to cut a tree is refused on grounds like the tree is silviculturally matured, located on a steep slope, felling of which may lead to soil erosion and the area falls under an identified private forest area. Other reasons to reject permission are if the area falls under an eco-sensitive zone adjoining protected areas and if incomplete applications/documents are received by the forest department.
Recently, the state government has moved the National Green Tribunal (NGT) to seek permission for cutting 21,703 trees at the site of the proposed greenfield airport at Mopa. The government had approached the NGT after the high court of Bombay at Goa directing the state to do so.
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