Friday, December 23, 2011

Gujarat HC issues notice to Centre, state govt.

Published: Friday, Dec 16, 2011, 18:29 IST
Place: Ahmedabad | Agency: DNA 
Gujarat HC issued notices to the state and central govts and the ministry of environment and forest in a petition filed against the deforestation and mining activities in the protected forest of Banni, Kutch.
Paryavaran Mitra (Janvikas) in its petition filed through its programme director, has challenged the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process.
The NGO also challenges the de-reservation of grasslands and forests due to illegal mining around sanctuaries, national parks, wildlife reserves. The petition alleges deforestation has led to irreparable loss of wildlife, animals, ecology and livelihood of the people.
The petition further raises the issue of deforestation in the area of Banni grassland located in Kutch.
It states that Banni grassland area situated in the Greater Rann of Kutch was declared as a protected forest by the chief commissioner of Kutch in May, 1955 and demarcation of boundaries took place in 2005.

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