Sukhna Wildlife Sanctuary: Haryana revokes environmental clearance within 10km radius : The Tribune India


Tribune press service

Panchkula, April 12

The State Environmental Impact Assessment Authority (SEIAA), Haryana has revoked environmental clearance within a 10 km radius of the Sukhna Wildlife Sanctuary.

The decision is likely to affect construction activity in the newly developed Sector 27, 28, 30, DLF of Mansa Devi Complex, Pinjore, Amravati Enclave, many companies in Sector 20 of Panchkula and Peer Muchalla.

SEIAA Chairman Sameer Pal Srow in his order said the shrine had been damaged due to construction in the area within its 10 km radius.

A complaint was lodged by some people in the Amravati enclave with the SEIAA regarding environmental clearance, the hearing of which had been going on for a long time.

Srow rescinded environmental clearance while considering the area within 10 km of the sanctuary to be a threat.

The SEIAA is an arm of the Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Climate Change for the implementation of State-level Environmental Impact Assessment notification. It takes environmental clearance into account for all proposals.

Most of the 10 km zone falling to Panchkula has been developed, thanks to which meetings have been held at the administrative level during which officials have declared that construction should be allowed at least 300 meters around the shrine. In this regard, a committee headed by the Deputy Commissioner of the Panchkula had also sent a proposal to the government.

From now on, a committee has been set up by the SEIAA to identify the ecologically sensitive area. The committee would inspect the area around the shrine and identify the area, after which further action would be taken. Once the committee has presented its report, the case will be taken to the National Green Tribunal.

It is pertinent to mention here that in 2017, a proposal was also sent to the central government to notify an area of ​​one and a half kilometers around the shrine as an ecologically sensitive area, over which Chandigarh, Punjab and Haryana s were agreed.

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