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NGT seeks report on road works near TATR

NAGPUR: Even because the essential bench of National Green Tribunal (NGT) at Delhi has taken a significant note about highway upgradation projects in eco-sensitive zone (ESZ) of Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve (TATR) reducing corridors, highway growth in crucial patches continues unabated sans any mitigation measures.

Sequel to NewsTread record on highway projects reducing TATR corridors, the NGT has already sought a record through February 28. The subsequent date of hearing is slated for March 28. However, highway growth through PWD continues regardless of NGT orders.

The PWD is widening roads in dense wooded area patches between Chandrapur-Pombhurna through Junona-Asegaon-Gilbili-Satara-Kelzar-Dongarhaldi villages, where site visitors is skinny. These roads go through tiger bearing FDCM’s West Chanda, Chandrapur and Central Chanda wooded area divisions and fix Kanhargaon. PWD government engineer MM Jaiswal didn't reply to NewsTread calls.

Of the above highway patches, Junona-Asegaon-Gibili were expanded with none mitigation measures. Now, Asegaon-Satara highway is being expanded. The maximum crucial patch between Satara-Kelzar, which passes through inviolate wooded area space and was once never expanded in closing 30 years, is also being upgraded.

“This growth will affect closing ultimate unbreakable linkages between TATR-Kanhargaon. Besides, the upgraded roads will be mostly used by sand mafia who operate through this highway,” feared wildlife lover Nikhil Tambekar, who displays highway kills in Chandrapur.

Chandrapur chief conservator of forests (CCF) SV Ramarao mentioned, “The above roads don't seem to be integrated in the six projects, which might be being surveyed through separate committees headed through assistant conservators (ACFs), PWD officials and NGOs, to indicate mitigation measures as per NGT route.”

“During a meeting on January 25, we had requested the PWD about the number of highway projects coming up in TATR panorama however the highway growth between crucial Pombhurna-Dongarhaldi-Kelzar weren't a part of it. We talked about six projects handiest where mitigation will be proposed. These come with Bampewada-Chimur, Chandrapur-Mul, Chandrapur-Ashti, Navargaon-Ashti, Chimur-Warora, and Gadchiroli-Mul,” mentioned Ramarao.

“TATR is itself no longer enough to sustain the growing tiger population. Hence, corridors are essential. A super a part of these corridors lie out of doors Tadoba and such small roads will have to no longer be expanded for securing survival of key tiger populations and the ecosystem,” mentioned Debi Goenka, government director of Conservation Action Trust (CAT), Mumbai.

Green Planet Society chief Suresh Chopne demanded to incorporate dense wooded area patches between Pombhurna-Dongarhaldi in the mitigation plan. “There is recorded clinical evidence of tigers dispersing from Tadoba to Kanhargaon and farther from these jungle spaces,” mentioned Chopne.

The NTCA, on November 28, 2018, had requested chief wildlife wardens to claim Section 38 (O) (1) (b) of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972, which says, “Evaluate and assess various sides of sustainable ecology and disallow any ecologically unsustainable use similar to mining, industry and different projects inside the tiger reserve.”

Secondly, the NTCA mentioned, phase 38 (O) (1) (g) of the WPA asks to ensure that tiger reserves and spaces linking one safe space or tiger reserve with some other safe space or tiger reserve don't seem to be diverted for ecologically unsustainable uses, aside from in public passion, and with the approval of National Board for Wildlife (NBWL) and at the recommendation of the NTCA. “The chief wildlife warden will have to rigidity on these rules to save corridors,” mentioned Chopne.

Prakash Kamde of Social Action for Rural Development (SARD) mentioned, “Widening taluka-level roads can be understood however inside roads where there are small villages and no site visitors will have to be simply repaired and no longer expanded.”

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