Wildlife board bats for big cats

New Delhi: The reconstituted National Board of Wildlife’s standing committee on Wednesday rejected 13 of the 32 proposals put before it for using national parks and wildlife sanctuaries or areas around them for other projects.
    The board, headed by the Prime Minister, is the apex body on wildlife issues under the Wildlife Protection Act. Its standing committee, which includes wildlife experts and naturalists from outside the government, is empowered under the Act to clear all projects that require land within the wildlife parks and around them.
    The reconstituted standing committee includes Brijendra Singh, M K Ranjitsingh, Divyabhanush Chavda, A J T Jonsingh and Prerna Bindra, besides representatives of Bombay Natural History Society, Satpuda Foundation and Nature
Conservation Foundation.
    The Union environment and forests minister is the chairman with director of Wildlife Institute of India and director general, forests, as official members.
    The standing committee cleared all except two proposals from Madhya Pradesh — 10 of them requesting upgradation and construction of roads through national parks and sanctuaries. The sanctuaries to be impacted in Madhya Pradesh include Bandhavgarh national park, Durgawati sanctuary, Bagdara sanctuary, Orcha sanctuary, Madhav national park and Panpatha sanctuary.
    The road-related proposals were cleared on the pre-condition that no black topping would be allowed on them, their alignment and expansion wo
uld not be permitted and the committee would make site visits to each of the project sites. One of the significant projects which the standing committee rejected was the 96 mw Lethang hydro-electric project in West District of Sikkim, which threatened to wipe out the sacred lands of the Bhutias and Lepchas in the northeastern hill state.
    The meeting also discussed the contentious issue of declaring lands within 10 km of national parks and sanctuaries as eco-sensitive zones where development activity can be checked.
    The states have been opposed to the move despite Supreme Court orders on the same as in many cases it could impact a very large number of people.


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