Malabar Sanctuary: Deadline for filing objections to draft notification on buffer zone extended

Kerala High Court | Photo: Mathrubhumi

Perambra: The Kerala High Court has extended the period granted by for filing objections to the draft notification on buffer zone of Malabar Wildlife Sanctuary till December 28. Justice N Nagaresh issued an order and asked the Union government to allow the parties to file objections until the extended date.

Notably, the petitioners in their plea had pointed out that it is difficult for the people here to understand and raise objections to the draft notification which was published in Hindi and English. The petitioners batted that the draft notification should be released in Malayalam.

It was on 5 August 2020 that the Union government released the draft notification on buffer zone of the wildlife sanctuary that is spread across the districts like Kozhikode and Wayanad. The case was filed on 14 September 2020. The court issued an interim order by September 23. The court then directed that until the draft was translated to Malayalam and published on gazette by the government, further procedures should not be initiated. However, in revision plea, the union government informed the court that translating the notification is a difficult task.

Coincidentally, the court had issued a similar order regarding draft notification on buffer zone of Silent Valley National Park. The petitioner in that case filed a contempt of court against state and union governments over non-issuance of Malayalam version of draft notification.

The court took up both the cases together and heard the arguments of the entities concerned. Tthe state and union governments have informed that the translated version of draft notifications has been published on state government’s website.

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