Forced to sign in­spec­tion re­port, says Assam ac­tivist

Down to Earth - - THE FORTNIGHT - DOWN TO EARTH

IN AN af­fi­davit filed be­fore the Na­tional Green Tri­bunal (NGT), Assam-based wildlife ac­tivist Ro­hit Choud­hury has said that the state gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials forced him to sign a site in­spec­tion re­port. Choud­hury was asked by NGT on May 21 to in­spect the 66 km stretch of Na­tional High­way-37 which runs par­al­lel to the Kazi­ranga Na­tional Park and check if steps have been taken to pre­vent death of wild an­i­mals in road ac­ci­dents. He says that in­stead of tak­ing mea­sures to pre­vent ac­ci­dents, the gov­ern­ment has widened the road by 3 m, in­creas­ing the to­tal width to 10 m. The site in­spec­tion was con­ducted on July 13 .

SH PAT­GIRI

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