Friday, December 9, 2011

HC notice to Gujarat on PIL seeking protection of Nal Sarovar.

PTI | 09:12 PM,Dec 08,2011 Ahmedabad, Dec 8 (PTI) The Gujarat High Court today issued notices to the state government while hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) seeking protection of the ecology near the protected Nal Sarovar bird sanctuary. The PIL filed by NGO Jagega Gujarat Sangharsh Samiti (JGSS) has also sought direction for the district collector and the forest department to stop cutting trees which are over half a century old for expansion of road connecting the Sanand town with Nal Sarovar. A division bench of acting chief justice Bhaskar Bhattacharya and Justice J B Pardiwala issued notice to the state government, collector Ahmedabad, Conservator of Forest (DCF), and District Development officer (DDO), Ahmedabad. All the respondents have been asked to reply to the allegation made by petitioner in the PIL by December 15. The petitioner through the PIL has sought direction to the district administration and forest department to stop cutting of tree for widening of road to Nal Sarovar, contending that by doing so, there would irreparable damage to environment and eco-systems there. It has further contended that over 6,000 trees that stand along the 42 km long stretch, were 50-100 years old and cutting them could cause damage to the Nal Sarovar bird sanctuary.

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