No Mining or Construction of Factories within 1Km around Wildlife Sanctuaries and National Parks: SC

Wildlife Sanctuaries and National Parks

NEW DELHI: Today, the Apex Court said that there can be no mining or factories within 1 km around wildlife sanctuaries and national parks, issuing a slew of directives on regulating activities in and around eco-sensitive zones (ESZs) across the country.

The court said, Factory manufacturing items and similar activities underway along these zones will go on only with the permission of the Chief Conservator of Forests.

Court further ordered that the Chief Conservator of each state will prepare a list of existing structures that come under the ESZ designation and submit it within three months, to the Supreme Court said. There can be no mining within wildlife sanctuaries and national parks, it added. The directions came on a petition about issues including forest preservation.

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