Elephant corridors situation hopeless: SC
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”.