Buffer zone: SC says primary aim to control mining activities; hopes high for Kerala in relaxation

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With the Supreme Court clarifying that it mainly aims to control mining activities in buffer zone areas, states including Kerala are looking for some relaxation of the June 3, 2022 order of the apex court mandating a one-kilometer ecosensitive zone (buffer zone) around wildlife sanctuaries and national parks in the country.

Besides, the court had granted relaxation for Maharashtra.

The bench chaired by justice BR Gavai had forwarded the case for the consideration of a three-member bench, which is likely to take up the case next week.

Along with various state governments, the union government has also argued for relaxations in the buffer zone order. Kerala has requested to ease the order for the regions in which draft or final notifications have already been released. It has published a final notification only for Mathikettan Shola National Park, out of the 23 protected areas in the state. However, draft notifications have been released for all the other protected areas.

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