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NO CONSTRUCTION IN ANIMAL CORRIDORS; BAN ON MINING AND RELATED ACTIVITIES ALONG KAZIRANGA NATIONAL PARK AREA: Supreme Court

Team SoOLEGAL 22 Apr 2019 10:16am

NO CONSTRUCTION IN ANIMAL CORRIDORS; BAN ON MINING AND RELATED ACTIVITIES ALONG KAZIRANGA NATIONAL PARK AREA: Supreme Court

Supreme Court bench comprising of Justice Arun Mishra and Justice Deepak Gupta passed an order that all kind of activities relating to mining along the Kaziranga National Park area and in the entire catchment area of rivers/streams and rivulets originating in Karbi Anglong Hill ranges and flowing into Kaziranga National Park, including Tiger Reserve are restrained. Kaziranga National Park is home to the largest population of one-horned rhinoceros, and the regions around it. 
The DG of Police, Assam, and the concerned Superintendent of Police were given direction to ensure that no illegal mining takes place in the area and no transportation of illegally-mined material take place from Karbi Anglong Hills. 

The Central Empowered Committee (CEC) had published a report on 1st March in which a ban on all mining activities and ban on all constructions in nine animal corridors was recommended.

Court's order came in an application which was moved by Rohit Choudhury, an environment activist. He has been constantly making efforts towards conservation of wildlife in Kaziranga National Park.

In the course of his legal battle, Choudhury even received death threats and boycott by the society. However, the report of CEC and the order of the Supreme Court put the onus on the government machinery to act. 
In the recent times, there was a refusal on part of the Court for staying the demolition of a wall. It had come up in an elephant corridor as part of a township project of miniratna PSU Numaligarh Refinery.

"No new construction shall be permitted on private lands which form part of the nine identified animal corridors", said the bench.
This is a major boost to the wildlife conservation in UNESCO world heritage site, whereby the mining and other activities have been banned by the Apex Court along the Kaziranga National Park & Tiger Reserve (KNP) and in the catchment area of the rivers/streams and rivulets which originate in the Karbi Anglong Hill ranges and flow into the park.

Tagged: Supreme Court   Kaziranga National Park & Tiger Reserve (KNP)   Justice Arun Mishra   Justice Deepak Gupta   Animal Corridor   Rohit Choudhury  
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