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Mining banned within 10 km of National Parks in Uttarakhand: High Court

Uttarakhand high court has banned mining within 10 kms of every national park situated in Uttarakhand. If mining companies have valid reason for mining, they will have to seek permission from the Wildlife Board, said the verdict given by bench of Justice Rajeev Verma and Justice Lokpal Singh. The verdict came after the Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by a Haridwar resident in the Uttarakhand high court.

In the PIL, it was mentioned that the government have leased mining grounds in the Motichur range of the Rajaji National Park. This decision could easily endanger wildlife and would force animals to migrate towards human habitats. Keeping this in mind, the mining activities should be restricted near the national parks. The joint bench, in its final verdict to the case, have restricted mining activities within 10 kms of national parks in the state. The decision will have positive impact on the ecology of these wildlife sanctuaries.

At present, there are six national parks in Uttarakhand – Jim Corbett National park (Nainital), Nanda Devi National Park (Chamoli), Valley of Flowers National Park (Chamoli), Rajaji National Park (Haridwar), Gangotri National Park (Uttarkashi), Govind Wildlife National Park (Uttarkashi).

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