SC surprised over eco-zone order
New Delhi: The Supreme Court has expressed surprise over the Centre’s decision to reduce the radius of eco-sensitive zones from 10 kilometres to 100 metres, saying it appeared to be a “complete arbitrary exercise of powers” capable of destroying national parks and wildlife sanctuaries. The court’s remarks came in a case challenging the environmental clearance given to an industrial unit located within the 10-kilometre radius of Dadar and Nagar Haveli Wildlife Sanctuary. “It is extremely surprising that the 10-kms eco-sensitive zone has been reduced by the MoEF to 100 metres. An order of this nature is capable of destroying national parks,” the bench said.