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Make elephant corridors eco-sensitive zones: NGT

The NGT was hearing a plea on the rise in unnatural elephant deaths in Assam.

The NGT was hearing a plea on the rise in unnatural elephant deaths in Assam.  

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has asked the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) to consider declaring all elephant corridors in India as eco-sensitive zones.

Following a plea that sought legal recognition for elephant reserves and corridors in the State of Assam, a Bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel said, “After hearing the matter for some time, it was noted by us that the issue of elephant corridors has been raised by different applicants and various judgments have also been passed by the Tribunal. Therefore, we direct the MoEF&CC to look into this aspect in a broader perspective and also to have a permanent solution.”

The Bench further added, “We would like the Ministry to look into the issue by declaring all elephant corridors all over the country as eco-sensitive zones by exercising its power (under relevant Acts). We give two weeks time to the Ministry to look into the issue and to proceed in the matter.”

The NGT was hearing a plea moved by Assam resident Pradip Kumar Bhuyan on the increasing number of unnatural elephant deaths taking place in the State.

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