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The Maharashtra Felling of Trees Regulation Act 1964:-  This Act and the rules made there under are applicable to areas excluding urban areas for regulation of felling of trees specified in the Schedule attached with the act. Presently there are 15 species included in the Schedule applicable for all over State of Maharashtra and 7 species included only for Sindhudurg district.
1. Terminalia chebula (हिरडा)
2. Teak, Tectona grandis (साग)
3. Madhuka latifolia (मोहा)
4. Mangifera indica (आंबा)
5. Acacia catechu (खैर)
6. Santalum album (चंदन)
7. Pterocarpus marsupium (बिजा)
8. Adina cordifolia (हळदू)
9. Ougelnia dalbergioidies (तिवस)
10. Terminalia tomentosa (येण)
11. Terminalia peniculata (किंजळ किवा किंडळ)
12. Hardwickia binta (अंजन)
13. Syzijium cumini (जांभूळ)
14. Mangrove (खार फूटी)
15. Nothopodytes nimmoniana/Nothopodytes foetida (अमृता)

Additional scheduled  trees species for Sindhudurg District only
1) Dalbergia latifolia (शिशम)
2) Gmelina arboria (शिवण)
3)  Lagerstroemia lanceolata (माना)
4) Terminalia belerica (बेहेळा)
5)  Strychnes nuxvomica (काजरा)
6)  Euginia zeylanica (भेडस)
7)  Terminalia arjuna (अर्जुन, सादडा)

“Tree Officer” is the authority to grant the felling permission, who happens to be a Range Forest Officer.District Collector is the Appellate Authority.

The Sample filled format of Application is as below which is to be submited to Tree Officer.

FORM I

Application Register No. : 2015/ABAB/21/110

Application for permission under section 3(1A) of the Maharashtra Felling of Trees (Regulation) Act 1964

To,
The Tree Officer
RFO ---------
At. Post ---------- Ta --------  Dist -----------
E-mail: 

Name of the applicant:                   ABCD

Occupation:                                      Agriculturist

Residence/Contact Address:      EFGH

Mobile No.: 0987654321     E-mail:xyz@gmail.com

I request that I may be permitted to fell the tree/ trees specified in the column No. (3) of the  table hereto, which is/are standing on the land described in column 1 and 2 of that table for the purpose specified below. I have enclosed the required documents.

*The tree/trees which I desire to fell *is/are dead/diseased/windfallen has/have silviculturally matured/ constitutes/constitute an obstruction to efficient agriculture.

!I desire to fell tree/trees for utilising its/their wood for:
 

PROFORMA
 
Particulars of Location
(1)
Particulars of land
(2)
Particulars of the trees (scheduled trees)
(3)
Survey No Part/Sub Part No Area
12 12 23
Species
(A)
No. of trees existing on the land
(B)
No. of trees to be thinned/felled
(C)
Teak 60 55
Khair 10 6
Ain 10 7
Haldu 100 85
Total area of the Land 23
(A) District Akola
(B) Taluka Balapur
(C) Village village

Date: 05/06/2015

Place: village

Signature
(Name of applicants)

* To be struck off, if not applicable
! To be retained where the tree/trees sought to be felled is or not dead, diseased, windfallen or silviculturally mature or doesnot or donot constitute an obstruction to efficient cultivation.

(Disclaimer: The mere submission of the application doesn't ensure that it has been accepted by the department as complete in all respects. A separate acknowledgement shall be intimated to the applicant, when application is found complete in all respect.)

 Attached Documents:
 

Documents required (Original Copies) for felling of trees under Mah. Felling of Trees (Regulation) Act, 1964 alongwith Application. 

1.    A copy of 7/12 from Talathi indicating details of Trees.
2.   If the owner is more than one as per 7/12, then consent letter of each owner with Photographs from Setu. 
3.   Village form No. 8-A from Talathi.
4.   A copy of Record of Rights, Mutation Register from Tahasildar. 
 
5.   Map of related Survey No. (Settlement/Remeasurement/consolidation map) and in case the survey number is adjoining to Govt land, certified land from Tahsildar.
6.   Boundary Certificate indicating names of  adjoining Land owners and the Survey Nos.  from Talathi.
7.  Certificate from Tahsildar/Naib Tahsildar regarding ownership of  land and trees in case of Class I Land owner (Bhogwatdar-l) and from SDO/Tahsildar in case of  Class-II Land  owner 
(Bhogwatdar-II).
8.  Caste Certificate from Tahsildar/Naib Tahsildar, if the applicant belongs to scheduled tribe, the certificate is to be from SDO, Revenue.
9.  Details of trees as per Survey No.  
10. Permission from Collector in case of trees within 30 meters of the extreme edge of the bank or any  water course, spring or tank.*
11. Permission  from Collector in case if the tree growth in the uncultivable land is less in proposition to 20 trees  per acre.*  
12. Undertaking to plant trees as specified by tree officer.

     *As per the Maharashtra Land Revenue (Regulation of right to trees etc.) Rules 1967. 
(Note: If the authorised officer to issue the certificate is different than indicated above, then certificate from such authorised officer of the concerned department need to be attached.)

Method of Application:
The owners, of land parcel situated in non-urban areas, desiring to fell trees belonging to species specified in schedule of the Act can make application by two methods:
i) Online Application: The Government of Maharashtra has included this service to the citizen in "Right to Services Act 2015". The official website of Maharashtra Forest Department www.mahaforest.gov.in offers a link to RTS at its main page. Once the user has navigated to the RTS page, it lists various services offered by Forest Department to the citizen notified under "RTS Act 2015". The user has to select appropriate link to apply online. He is also expected to submit documents required as attachment. Once he has successfully submitted his application alongwith required attachments, he is alloted a Application id, which helps him in tracking status of his application at the same website. The application and attachments are then expected to be submitted to Tree Officer in hard copy by post or in person.
ii) Offline Application: The applicant has to submit his application in the same format given above as sample. The information are to be appropriately filled and attachments should accompany the form as given above. The completed document can the be submitted at the office of Tree Officer by post or in person.

Fees: Presently, there is no fee prescribed for the service.

Replanting requirement:

As per section 3(1B) of the Mahrashtra felling of Trees (Regulation) Act, 1964; the permission to fell trees shall be granted subject to the condition that the applicant shall plant equal number of trees of the same or any other species as the Tree Officer may direct, on the same site or other suitable place in the vicinity in the ensuing plantation season.

Inspection procedure, guidelines and timelimit.


S.No.

Particulars

Time Limit

1

Issuing Acknowledgement to the Applicant:

Verification of application and accompanying documents to ascertain completeness of the application  as indicated at the Website and major issues given below:

a)    To ascertain the ownership of the application over land and Trees.  If the applicant is Bhogawatdar-II, whether the certificate from appropriate authority is attached.

b)    If the caste of applicant is scheduled Tribe, whether the certificate from appropriate authority is attached.

c)     To ascertain the location and shape of the survey number same as per settlement, remeasurement and consolidation maps provided by the applicant.

d)     The said Survey number is not a part of notified Reserve forests/protected forests/ zudpi jungle/ unclassed forests/ acquired private forests /identified forests.

e)      Whether the applicant’s land is adjoining to Govt. land, if so survey map by TILR attached or not.

7 days

2

Tree Officer will arrange for forest survey when the applicant’s land is adjoining to Govt. forest land for verification of boundary through TILR map provided by the applicant and other relevant documents. He will also arrange for joint survey (forest surveyor and TILR) if required. The concerned Round Officer shall be present at the time of survey.

15 days

3

Tree officer will send all the case papers to concerned Round Officer for document verification and field inspection.

        The Round Officer shall –

a)           Verify the details mentioned in the application, 7/12 extract and attached documents.

b)           Check boundary of Survey number as per map provided by the applicant and ensure that the trees required to be felled are within the Survey number and belongs to occupants only and no other trees are included.

c)            Verify the list of trees species-wise, girth-class wise, as given in the application and correct the same, if necessary, and also record the status of the trees – dead, dying, diseased, silviculturally matured etc.

d)           Verify whether permission is obtained from District Collector for felling of trees within 30 meters of extreme edge of the bank of any watercourse.

e)           Verify whether permission obtained from District Collector, in case, if the tree growth in the uncultivable land is less in proportion to 20 trees per acre.

f)            Collect NOC from adjoining land owners as per boundary certificate.

g)           Verify the consent letter of remaining occupants mentioned in 7/12 for felling of trees.

h)           Drawing the Panchanama, regarding the above observations and submit report alongwith recommendation to the Tree Officer

8 days

4

Submission of report by Round Officer to the Tree Officer

2 days

5

Based on the observations/recommendations of Round Officer, the Tree Officer will call objections from public if any, by way of issuing Advertisement (Jahirnama ) in Grampanchayat. Enquire into the objections received and process the application accordingly.

15 days

6

Field inspection and related enquiries by Tree Officer.

(a)  The Tree Officer on the basis of report received from the Round Officer and available documents and after field inspection and making necessary enquiry will ensure that   the trees to be felled belong to occupant and no other trees are included. 

(b)   The Tree Officer will  decide the species-wise number of trees to