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SC Stays Construction Of Road In Uttarakhand''s Tiger Reserves - Report

Infra News - Published on Tue, 25 Jun 2019

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Tribune India reported that the Supreme Court directed the Uttarakhand government to stop construction of a road considered a critical corridor connecting Rajaji and Corbett tiger reserves. The court-appointed Central Empowered Committee informed the vacation bench comprising Justices Mr Deepak Gupta and Mr Surya Kant the ongoing road construction does not follow the statutory approval from the National Board for Wildlife and the National Tiger Conservative Authority. The court has issued notice to the Public Works Department on the interim-report filed by the committee.

The CEC sought the court direction to "dismantle structures including roads, bridges and culverts raised without seeking requisite statutory approvals and in violation of the apex court order on December 12, 1996." These structures are apparently located along the Laldhang-Chillarkhal forest road in reserve forest forming part of Rajaji Tiger Reserve.

Advocate ADN Rao, representing CEC, contended that the impact of the construction on the critical corridor would be irreversible, as it would adversely affect the habitat and wildlife of the ecologically sensitive area. The CEC said the proposed road falls within the buffer area of Rajaji Tiger Reserve, and also passes through the elephant reserve.

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Posted By : Ratan Singh on Tue, 25 Jun 2019
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