SC order on protected forests: LDF hartal in Wayanad on June 12

From Tholpetty wildlife sanctuary, Wayanad

Kalpetta: The Left Democratic Front announced that it will observe hartal from 6 am to 6 pm in Wayanad on Sunday (June 12) in protest against the Supreme Court's direction on protected forests.

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 banning mining activities within such parks across the nation. With this, no construction and mining activities will be allowed in the eco-sensitive zones.

Protesting over the SC order, LDF demanded the central government to legislate rule against the SC order or move a modification petition against the SC directive.

LDF also demanded to exclude human settlement areas from the Eco-Sensitive Zones and consider forest boundaries in human settlement areas as buffer zones.

Hospitals, marriage functions, milk, newspaper would be exempted from the hartal.

LDF requested the people including farmers, labourers, vendors and private vehicle owners to cooperate with the hartal.

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