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Unregulated chopper operations disturbing the Wildlife at Kedarnath Sanctuary

The unregulated chopper operations are causing great harm to the wildlife at the Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary as many animal species including the musk deer and other schedule-1 animals are facing several health issues. Due to the heavy noise and turbulence made by the helicopters, many animals are running errands to save their ears from the deafening noise. The DNA collected from the feces of the animals suggests that animals at KWLS are under huge stress and are leaving their homes because of the noise pollution caused by the helicopter flights.

Unregulated chopper operations disturbing the Wildlife at Kedarnath Sanctuary

Src: Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary in Uttarakhand

According to the study done by the Wildlife Institute of India, the helicopters passing over KWLS have violated the flight standards of the eco-sensitive zones. After receiving the reports from the Wildlife Institute of India, now the government has decided to shift the Kedarnath’s nearest helipad to some other place.

NGT has sought reply from the centre about the unregulated chopper services at KLS

Taking heed of this matter, the National Green Tribunal has sought responses from the Central and State government. Prior to this, the Tribunal had ordered the state government to frame an aviation policy for the eco-sensitive zones in December 2015. Reacting to which the bench headed by Justice Swatanter Kumar issued a notice to the Union Environment & Forest Minister and the Uttarakhand Government about the threat perception to the ecology of the region around Kedarnath.

Unregulated chopper operations disturbing the Wildlife at Kedarnath Sanctuary

Src: National Green Tribunal

Eco-Tourism will be practised and preached in Kedarnath

To spread the wave of eco-tourism in the state, now those trying to harm the Himalayan foliage will be slapped with a heavy duty fine by the government. The use of polythene will be completely banned in Kedarnath and the tourists will be strictly advised to safely dispose of the plastic waste, for which dustbins will be placed at every 200 metres distance at Kedarnath. Those who will violate the rules will be slapped with a fine of Rs 500. The government will also request the tourists coming from other states to maintain cleanliness in the Dham. With this, the Central Government has taken a pledge to make the country clean and pollution free by 2019.

Src: Amar Ujala

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