SC sur­prised over eco-zone or­der

The Asian Age - - Nation -

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.

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