(To be filled by the concerned Deputy Conservator of Forest)
State Serial No. of proposal : KL-052/2019
1. Location of the project/Scheme : Kerala
 (i) State / Union Territory : Kerala  (ii) District : Idukki  (iii) Forest Division : Munnar  (iv) Area of forest land proposed for diversion (in ha.) : 1.495  (v)

Category of the Proposal: Road
2. Legal status of forest land proposed for diversion
S. No. DivisionForest Land(ha.)Legal Status
1Munnar1.495Reserved Forest
Total 1.495
Division 1. : Munnar
3. District wise area to be diverted in the division
S. No. DistrictArea(ha.)
4. Details of Vegetation available in the forest land proposed for diversion
 (i) Density of vegetation
S. No. Area(in ha.)Density Eco-Class
11.49580Eco 1
Total. 1.495

(ii) Species-wise local/scientific names and girth-wise enumeration of trees at FRL
S. No. Scientific Name Local Name (0-30)cm. (31-60)cm. (61-90)cm. (91-120)cm. (121-150)cm. (>150)cm.
1Ficus benghalensisBaniyan Tree021100
2Eucalyptus (Seed Orgin)Eucalyptus53308185915226
3Alnus NepalensisTheepatty Tree57166705549
5Syzigium CuminiNjaval001000
6Acacia PolycanthaWattle010000
7Misc. SpeciesKaruva, vatta, 27124541622
8Erythrina IndicaMurikku111100
Total 111 634361 202117 81
Sub Total (No of Trees.) 1506

5. Working plan prescription for the forest land proposed for diversion : For Devikulam Fuel Reserve Miscellaneous plantation raised in 1963, it is prescribed that the plantations shall be retained and tended as per schedule. with respect to KDH proposed land, the plantation raised in KDH land shall not be extracted until the completion of the process of notification of the areas as reserve forest. The Cardamom Hill Reserve area is under dual control, where land is under Revenue department and Trees are under Forest Department, while the status of the Cardamom Hill Reserve is Forest as per Forest Conservation act.
6. Brief note on vulnerability of the forest area to erosion : Vulnerable to erosion
7. Approximate distance of the proposed site for diversion from boundary of forest(in km.) : 0
8. Significance of the forest land proposed for diversion from wildlife point of view
 (i). Details of wildlife present in and around the forest land proposed for diversion : Wild Elephant , Nilgiri Tahr
 (ii). Whether forms part of national park, wildlife sanctuary, biosphere reserve,tiger reserve, elephant corridor, wildlife migration corridor etc. : No
 (iii). Whether the forest land proposed for diversion is located within eco-sensitive zone(ESZ) of the Protected Area notified under Wildlife(Protection) Act,1972 (Note: In case, ESZ of a Protected Area is not notified,then,10kms distance from boundary of the Protected Area should be treated as ESZ): No
 (iv). Whether any national park, wildlife sanctuary, biosphere reserve, tiger reserve, elephant corridor, wildlife migration corridor etc., is located within 1 Km. from boundary of the forest land proposed for diversion : No
 (v). Whether any rare/endangered/unique species of flora and fauna found in the area : No
9. Details of any protected archaeological/heritage site/defence establishment or any other important monument located in the area, if any
 (i). Whether any protected archaeological/heritage site/defence establishment or any other important monument is located in the area : No
10. Comment as to the reasonability of the extent of the forest land proposed for diversion
 (i). Whether the requirement of forest land as proposed by the user agency is unavoidable and bare minimum for the project : Yes
11. Details of violation(s), if any ,committed
 (i). Whether any work in violation of the Act or guidelines issued under the Act has been carried out : No
12. Whether work in violation is still in progres(Yes/No) : NIL
13. Details of compensatory afforestation scheme
Patch wise details for Degraded Area (To be earmarked by DFO)
(i). Total Financial Outlay for C.A(lacs): 34
Patch Wise Details Patch No.Area(ha.)Name of PF/RFRangeCompartment NoUploaded KML file of patch
111.5Ranni Reserved ForestErumely1965 Teak Plantation    View file
(ii). Copy of CA scheme details: (iii). Scanned copy of the Geo-referenced map of the forest land proposed for C.A. prepared by using DGPS or Total Station: (iv). Copy of Survey of India Toposheet indicating boundary of forest land proposed for C.A.:
 (V). Copy of NOC from Competent Authority :

Additional information Details
S. No. DocumentsRemarks
1 Site Suitability Certificate of DFO, Kottayam
2 Proposed diversion land segment wise area and chainage details
3 Compensatory Afforestation Financial Scheme Details
4 Geo referenced Map of the CA area prepared with GPS points
5 Survey of India Toposheet of the CA area

14. District Profile District NameGeographical area of the district (in ha.)Forest area of the district (in ha.)Total forest area diverted since 1980 (in ha.)No. of Approved CasesForest Land including penal C.A. (in ha.)Progress of compensatory afforestation as on(date)A) Forest land (in ha.)B) Non-forest land (in ha.)
15. Site inspection report of the DFO/CCF/Nodal Officer highlighting important facts pertaining to the forest land
Division NameCircleSite inspected ByWhether site inspectedNo. of times site visited Site inspection reportDate of visit
MunnarHigh Range Circle, KottayamDFOYesThree15/02/2020,13/04/2020,24/06/2020
 Nodal OfficerNoNo Data
(Specific recommendation of the DFO/CCF/Nodal Officer with(Part II,III & Part IV))
16. Specific recommendation of the DFO/CCF/Nodal Officer for acceptance or otherwise of the proposal with reason
DivisionCircleRecommendation ByRecommendationReasonLetter Whether CF agreed
MunnarHigh Range Circle, KottayamDFO RecommendedThe road expansion has started in the non forest areas of the same stretch.
High Range Circle, KottayamCF Recommended The proposal for diversion of 1.495 Ha is recommended with the condition that the recommended ameliorative measures shall be taken up at each location and equal non forest land should be made available to Forest Department ideally an area which will be useful to maintain the elephant corridor from Mathikettan to Meesapulimala. The widening of the National Highway will help in faster movement of men and material across the high ranges and for general development of the area and tourism sector. However it will affect the stability of the slops along the alignment as already evident from the landslides at gap road and Munnar town already happened outside forest. Opening the Munnar area for too much tourism will also damage the landscape and lead to issues like encroachments, establishing new settlement in elephant habitats like Chinnakanal, electric fencing and roads without animal friendly crossing points across the elephant migratory route all contributing to increased human animal conflict and depletion of the already reduced elephant population in the Chinnakkanal Munnar area. The present traffic also does not warrant development of NH to this much width. Since the works are already taken up in other areas widening should be minimum with proper graded slopes and gaps for animal movement in the forest areas, in the gap road and the animal crossing points near Mathikettan Shola National Park. Yes
Nodal Officer RecommendedThe proposal is recommended considering the site inspection reports of Divisional Forest Officer, Munnar and Chief Conservator of Forest High Range Circle Kottayam and considering the fact that the area proposed is the barest minimum, the proposal is recommended.
Specific recommendation of the State Government(Part V)
17. Specific recommendation of the State Government for acceptance or otherwise of the proposal with reason ( Part V)
StateRecommendation ByRecommendationRecommendation DateRemarksSigning AuthorityNotificationRecommendation Letter
KeralaState SecretaryRecommended20/08/2020 Recommended and forwardedState Govt. OfficerNo Data
17. Stage-I Clearance Report
Regional OfficeRecommendation ByMoEF File No.Date of Stage-I ClearanceClearance Letter
BangaloreRegional OfficeF.No.4-KLB1255/2020-BAN/ 09/04/2021
18. Payment made by User Agency
Proposal No.Application No.Total Amount (Rs.)Recieved Amount (Rs.)Transaction DateTransaction IDBank NameMode of PaymentUploaded Demand Letter
FP/KL/ROAD/38879/2019ROAD388792019661745957737459577331 Jan 2022CNRB103076024090Union Bank Of IndiaNEFT/RTGS (Challan)
23. Stage-II Clearance Details
Proposal No.Date of Stage-II ClearanceProposal StatusClearance Letter
FP/KL/ROAD/38879/2019Approved In-PrincipleNo Data