New Delhi: With few terms and conditions, the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests has approved the first phase of construction for Durgawati reservoir in Bihar. The final approval to the project would be given only if the Bihar Environment and Forests Ministry accepts the 22 conditions raised by the Centre.

Union Forest and Environment Minister, Jayanthi Natarajan in the question hour said, “The Centre on April 13, 2010 had already given its nod for the construction of Durgawati reservoir in Bihar in the first stage and only after the Bihar government agrees to Centre condition, the ministry would give its final nod.”

Among the major conditions includes no change would be made in the legal claim of the forest land due to diversion, non forest land (double of diversified land) should be included in Kaimur sanctuary and it should be notified as a part of wild life sanctuary before its approval.

The conditions also included that five percent of the revised cost investment would be spend on development of the National park. No camps of the labourers would be placed in the forest land. The forest land would be used only for the project work.

The foundation stone of the project was laid in 1976 by the then Union water resources minister, Jagjivan Ram. And till now the project is waiting for the nod of Union Ministry of Environment and Forest.

(JPN/ Bureau)