Discuss about the trend of depletion of forest after independence. Give at least four reasons for it.
Explain any three reasons why forest resources are depleting after independence in India.
Ans. The four major reasons for depletion of forest resources in India are
(i) Rapid expansion of urbanisation and habitation called for deforestation. v
(ii)Different development projects like river valley
projects, construction activities, mining activities are major contributor to deforestation and degradation of forest land.
(iii) Increase in agricultural practices like intensive agriculture and commercial agriculture after independence led to transfer of forest land to agriculture land.
(iv) Again commercial use of forest products like timber, medicinal plants etc result in destruction of forests.