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Friday, January 21st, 2022

Declaration of Eco Sensitive Zones will End Confusion, Bring Clarity on the Buffer Zone: Javadekar

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New Delhi, The Government today said that the declaration of Eco Sensitive Zones will end confusion and bring clarity on the buffer zone.  Addressing a press conference here today, the Minister of State (Independent Charge) of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Shri Prakash Javadekar said that the purpose of declaring Eco Sensitive Zone is to create a buffer zone, where only regulated activities for specialized eco system will be allowed and this area will work as further ecological protection for Protected Areas (PAs).  The entire exercise has been completed in two States so far, namely, Sikkim and Goa. A case had been filed in the Supreme Court by Goa Foundation vide WP 460/2004 before the Hon’ble Supreme Court regarding issue of declaration of Eco-sensitive Zones as no meaningful progress was done till then.  The Hon’ble Supreme Court, vide order dated 4th December, 2006, gave a final opportunity of four weeks from the date of Order to all States/UTs for sending proposals to the MoEF&CC for demarcation of ESZs.  The court also said that in case no ESZ proposal is sent, ESZ of 10 kms shall apply around Protected Areas (PAs). However, virtually no complete proposals for declaring ESZs were processed for almost eight years.  Only about 15 notifications were issued by the middle of 2014.

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