The Punjab government has declared 1806.69 hectare land as a protected forest in district Roopnagar Where certain regulations, restrictions or prohibitions has been imposed with regard to Clearing, breaking and cultivation of the land, quarrying of stones, burning of lime, cutting of trees or timber or collection or removal of any forest produce, the admission, herding, pasturing or retention of any cattle etc. under the Forest Conservation Act, 1900. Disclosing this here today Mr. Chunni Lal Bhagat, Forest Minister, Punjab said that notification has been issued and this land declared to be protected under section 4 & 5 of the Punjab Land Preservation Act, 1900. He said that 108 village of District Rupnagar including villages Dabkhera, Behlu, Dasgran, Talwara, Hambewal ,Dubheta , Nangal Niku,Nangali ,Daroli ,Donal, Jindwari ,Basowal ,Ganguwal ,Paili Khurd ,Mangewal ,Bandlehri,Bhallan ,Bhangal ,Mehandpur,Bela Dhiani , Palata ,Kahanpur Khuhi,Haripur ,Spalwan,Nalhoti ,Raisra , Kukowal ,Kalwan ,Rampur Kalan,Raipur ,Sakhpur, Jhangrian 493 ,Karuran, Katta, Sabour ,Ghahi Majra ,Haripur Ganura ,Singhpur ,Hayatpur,Saupur, Barari, Basali ,Kangar,Jatoli ,Nurpur Khurd Kartarpur,Raipur ,Khatana, Rajgiri ,Jhandian ,Tiba Nangal, Balewal ,Jatwar, Dhamana ,Bathlaur Khad , Garhbaga ,Tiba Taprian ,Lakher , Mehandli Khurd,Baloli ,Raipur Sahni ,Dolowal ,Mianpur,Mataur ,Sahota ,Lamlehri,Rampur ,Kalan ,Dabhur ,Jeowal , Bhatoli ,Dadhi ,Mianpur Handur ,Hardo Nirmoh,Hardo Haripur ,Jhinjri ,Tarapur ,Mohiwal,Thappal, Nard,Chamroli,Maura,Dehni, Baruwal,Ghanaur, Mindhwan, Kotla,Barari ,Mukari ,Gochar ,Ajauli, Meghpur,Dhanera ,Dukli,Surewal, Dharu,Brahampur ,Manakpur,Kalitran,Patti, Chandpur ,Bhanam, Sawamipur, Thaluh, Mehandli Kalan, Beekapur, Jandla,Baddal. He said that the cultivation, clearing or breaking up (by using heavy machinery, that is, JCBs, bulldozers, earth movers etc) land areas included unless the breaking up of such land areas for cultivation or otherwise is done after obtaining permission of the pisional Forest Officer, Rupnagar after following due procedure under the Forest Conservation Act, 1980.
He further said that the quarrying of stone, sand and soil or the burning of lime at places where such stone or lime had not ordinarily been so quarried or burnt prior to the publication of the said notification, except with the permission of the pisional Forest Officer, Rupnagar.He said that the cutting and lopping of trees or timber or the collection or removal or subjection to any manufacturing process of any forest produce other than grass, flower, fruit and honey, save for bonafide domestic or agricultural purposes provided that the owners of the land may sell trees or timber after first obtaining a permit to do so from the pisional Forest Officer, Rupnagar Forest pision. Such permits will prescribe such conditions for sale as may from time to time appear necessary in the interest of the forest conservancy.He said that the setting on fire to trees, timber or forest produce and the admission, herding, pasturing or retention of goats and camels provided that in cases where sickness necessitates the keeping of goats for milk. pisional Forest Officer, Rupnagar Forest pision, may issue a permit at his discretion for the retention of a limited number of stalled goats to be specified for a specified period.