Ele­phant cor­ri­dors sit­u­a­tion hope­less: SC

The Hitavada - - NATION -

WITH sev­eral States not re­spond­ing to its or­der on cre­at­ing ele­phant cor­ri­dors to check an­i­mal deaths and curb hu­man-an­i­mal con­flict, the Supreme Court on Fri­day said it was a “hope­less” sit­u­a­tion and asked the Cen­tre whether it felt “help­less”. A bench of Jus­tices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta was in­formed by the Cen­tre that there were 27 “crit­i­cal” ele­phant cor­ri­dors fall­ing in 22 States, but de­spite the top court’s di­rec­tions, 13 of these States have not re­sponded to the Gov­ern­ment on the mat­ter.

“What is to be done? No State is lis­ten­ing to Gov­ern­ment of India. On Thurs­day, we had the same prob­lem, on Fri­day we have the same prob­lem. It is hope­less. There has to be a so­lu­tion of this. Is the Gov­ern­ment of India help­less,” the bench asked Ad­di­tional Solic­i­tor Gen­eral AN S Nad­karni, who ap­peared for the Cen­tre. “No­body lis­tens to the Gov­ern­ment of India,” the bench said. Nad­karni, while re­fer­ring to the apex court’s April 23 or­der di­rect­ing 19 States to file their re­sponses within four weeks, said “this time also to the Supreme Court. The or­der was of the Supreme Court”.

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