The Apex Court passed this order while hearing the Uttar Pradesh government’s plea challenging the Allahabad High Court order, allowing continuation work on the forest land.

Gaurav Bhatia, additional advocate general representing the state in the Apex Court, and Abhishek Choudhary in their plea said that (according to Forest Protection Act, 1978) before starting of construction work on forest land, there is a provision to seek permission from Centre and Ministry of Environment and Forest.

The Supreme Court in its order passed in December 1996 had said that it is mandatory to seek Centre’s approval for construction of such work on forest land.

After hearing the arguments made on the behalf of Uttar Pradesh government, the Apex Court stayed the High Court’s order for continuation of work.

However, the Railways in its reply filed in the Apex Court said that the state government has no right to interfere in its work as the land, where the construction of railway line is going on, belongs to the Central government.


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