Thursday, May 28, 2015
Gir eco-tourism: Govt forms 8-member panel.
Actions were taken on the HC directions issued during the hearing of a PIL that was taken up suo motu in response to an anonymous letter opposing the proposal of a new eco-tourism zone in south-east of Gir sanctuary, Chikhalkuba in Dhari division. The court took up the issue of encroachment around the existing eco-tourism zone and began reviewing the situation there.
The issue of contradictions in the forest department resolution of June 25, 2009 and the home department resolution of February 8, 2010 also came up. While the forest department permits hospitality units built before a particular date to exist in the buffer zone, the home department issued a prohibitory order. However, the owners of hospitality units obtained NOC from local village panchayats and put up constructions. The eight-member committee is tasked to remove these contradictions from the policy by considering all aspects, including the legality of permissions granted by village panchayats.