Over 4.58 lakh acres of the country’s forestlands, as mentioned in the cadastral survey, have disappeared over the past 70 years due to the development of government projects or the occupation by more than 1,00,000 individuals and businesses.

Forest department officials said that the agency had to hand over 1.60 lakh acres of forestlands to agencies like the Roads and Highways Department, railway department, Armed Forces Division, Rapid Action Battalion and Border Guard Bangladesh, and for developing numerous infrastructures.

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