Three years on, IIT Indore campus gets forest ministry nod

Three years after it came into existence, the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) at Indore will finally breathe easy—the environment ministry has decided to give forest clearance to the land earmarked for the institute. This will pave the way for the construction of a permanent campus. The elite engineering school’s first batch of students will graduate in less than eight months.
The environment ministry has given an “in-principle clearance to IIT Indore campus” but is awaiting a few certificates from the Madhya Pradesh government and the institute for a formal announcement, a ministry official said seeking anonymity.
One of the certificates awaited is a so-called mutation certificate—to be issued by the district collector’s office stating that revenue land equal to the forest land diverted for the institute has been demarcated for compensatory afforestation.
“It is expected that the institute will get its final phase II forest clearance in two weeks,” the environment ministry official said.

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