NGT Asks Centre to Fix ESZ for Okhla Sanctuary

  • Centre asked to fix eco-sensitive zone surrounding Okhla Bird Sanctuary on basis of fresh proposals from Delhi, Haryana, UP govts
  • Direction came from National Green Tribunal after dismissing a plea by Amit Kumar seeking extension of ESZ to 10 km radius
  • Builders oppose move to extend ESZ to be fixed at 1 km radius of sanctuary, UP govt earlier reduced it to 100 metres
  • Amit Kumar petition sought halt to all construction works within 10 km radius of sanctuary
  • Ministry of Environment and Forest directed to hold talks with state governments before deciding on size of ESZ, SC to take a final call
  • Builders claims sanctuary does not fall under protected areas, hence no need of sanction from National Board for Wildlife for projects

Exams Perspective:

  1. Forest Rights Act
  2. Eco-Sensitive Zone (ESZ)
  3. National Green Tribunal