NGT notice to govt on habitation inside Rajaji National Park

An appeal highlighting wildlife conflict and pursuing rehabilitation of villagers residing inside Ra
By: Admin | Update: 2016-12-20 14:56:27

NGT notice to govt on habitation inside Rajaji National Park

An appeal highlighting wildlife conflict and pursuing rehabilitation of villagers residing inside Rajaji Park in Uttarakhand on Monday led the National Green Tribunal (NGT) to seek responses from the Centre and the State Government.

A bench which was headed by Justice Swatanter Kumar, the NGT Chairperson issued notices to the Uttarakhand Government, Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) and State Environment and Rural Development Ministry and others, while seeking their reply within February 9, 2017.

The green panel was hearing an appeal filed by Madan Singh Bisht, a resident of Uttarakhand who sought constitution of monitoring committee to inspect the matter of rehabilitation of the revenue village estates which lies inside the Rajaji National Park.

The plea contented that in the year 1983, Uttarakhand Government and MoEF had issued a notification and founded Rajaji National Park. However, there was not any mention of revenue estates which come within the boundaries of the park.

When the villagers raised objections, some committees were formed and after a few meetings some resolutions were followed on taking essential steps for excluding revenue chaks or estates from the Rajaji National Park.

However till now, the authorities have not yet taken any decision concerning exclusion of the revenue chaks from the Rajaji National Park, the appeal, filed by advocate Gaurav Bansal, said.

Bisht alleged that apart from non-development of the area inside the premises of the national park, the villages were also facing many difficulties due the looming threat of life from wild animals.

The plea said that the Chief Conservator Forest had written a letter to Satpal Maharaj a former MP from the region about the raise in human-wildlife clashes and said that the only option available was rehabilitation.

It wanted the exclusion of all the revenue village ‘chaks’ from the Rajaji National Park and supplying basic facilities to these chaks that are not excluded from the boundaries of the Rajaji National Park. 

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