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Supreme Court Protects Corbett Tiger Reserve


25 November 2005
 
A Division Bench of the Supreme Court of India presided by Chief Justice Y.K. Sabherwal delivered a judgement that will ensure that the Corbett Tiger reserve will not be bifurcated by a proposed new highway in the state of Uttaranchal (UA). The Court’s decision, besides protecting the sanctity of one of India’s most important tiger reserves, will help put several small towns on the highway network.
 
The Wildlife Protection Society of India (WPSI) had intervened in the case in 2001 to protest against a road that would have cut through Corbett Tiger Reserve. Instead, it was suggested that the road could take a detour South, through the neighbouring state of Uttar Pradesh (UP).
 
Four years and many dramatic twists and turns later, in July 2005, UP and UA finally decided on a road alignment that suited both.  In August 2005 WPSI was part of a team that included the Director, Project Tiger and the Forest Department representatives from the areas of UA and UP that the new road would go through. The team checked that the road would not harm the Corbett Tiger Reserve, disturb elephant movement and that it would connect nearby towns and villages.
 
Today UA and Project Tiger filed affidavits on the results of the survey, which was signed by all participants, including WPSI and the Corbett Foundation. Based on the affidavits the Court has allowed construction of the road provided that all environmental and wildlife safeguards proposed earlier by the Ministry of environment and Forests are followed. 

 

 

 

 

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