|Stop constructions inside Ranthambore, SC panel tells state
TNN | Mar 15, 2011
The Central Empowered Committee (CEC) constituted by the Supreme Court
has directed the state government to bring all such activities to a
stop at the Ranthambore National Park that violates the Wildlife
(Protection) Act 1972 or directives of the apex court.
The CEC directive follows a petition filed by Belinda Wright, executive director of the Wildlife Protection Society of India.
the petition, Wright had alleged that the state forest department has
been undertaking massive construction work at the national park which
is violative of provisions in the law.
The CEC's directives to
S Ahmad, chief secretary, Rajasthan, has also sought a response to the
petition from the state government.
Sources said during her
recent visit to the park, Wrigth came across massive construction work
inside for a project undertaken by the forest department for
constructing 20 big dams each costing between Rs 35 lakh and Rs 75
lakh. Later, she filed a petition with the CEC.
has already constructed more than 100 small anicuts and 20 ponds.
Excavation work is also on for Bhanwardha Dam in the Berdha area with
the use of excavator machines and explosives.
machines and pneumatic drills are being used and blasting conducted for
the constructions inside the park and wildlife experts pointed out that
these activities are creating immense stress for the wild animals.
number of cement anicuts and earth dams have also been constructed
around Galai Sagar while the Tambakhan road has been dug out and
widened with a JCB machine, apparently to facilitate use of this road
by tourist vehicles going to Zone 4," a wildlife activists said.
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