Kerala files review petition against SC order on ESZ

New Delhi: The Kerala government has moved a review petition in the Supreme Court over the latter’s order to identify areas within the one-kilometre radius around protected forest ranges as Eco-Sensitive Zone (buffer zone). In the plea, Kerala noted that the implementation of the order will affect the life of the people who reside near wildlife sanctuaries and national parks.

State chief secretary filed the review petition against the order. Earlier, the SC had pointed out practical issues to implement the order on ESZ in many places.

There are numerous small and big townships located within the one-kilometre radius around protected forest ranges.The SC order has triggered insecurity among the natives of Wayanad, Idukki, Kumaly, Munnar, Neyyar and Ranni. The implementation of the order will affect tribal settlements too, observed Kerala in its review petition.

In its order, SC directed that each protected forest, including national parks and wildlife sanctuaries, must have an eco-sensitive zone (ESZ) of one kilometre and imposed a ban on mining activities within such parks across the nation. With this, no construction and mining activities will be allowed in the eco-sensitive zones.

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