Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Junagadh News – Girnar Mountain Temples Wildlife Sanctuary

Gujarat to denotify forest land for industrial projects

he Gujarat government will denotify 345 hectares of forest land in wildlife sanctuaries in the state and make it available for various industrial projects, utilities and fibre optic lines for private telecom operators.

The proposal was finalized at a high-level meeting presided over by Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi here Sunday.

The proposal will be sent to the National Wildlife Board and the Supreme Court-appointed Central Empowered Committee (CEC) to be forwarded to the apex court for final approval, a top official in the chief minister’s office said.

The CEC was set up to monitor and ensure the compliance of the orders of the Supreme Court on subjects relating to forests and wildlife.

The 345 hectares proposed to be denotified are in Girnar Wildlife Sanctuary, Wild Ass Sanctuary, Narayan Sarovar Bird Sanctuary (Kutch), Velavadar Black Buck Sanctuary and Balaram-Ambaji Sanctuary.

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