Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Airport expansion: Elephant reserve may lose status

Dehradun: In order to clear the way for providing forest land for the expansion work being currently undertaken at the Dehradun airport, the government is mulling a proposal to denotify the adjoining Shivalik Elephant Reserve in a meeting of the state wildlife board later this month.

The move, an official privy to the development said, would enable the state government to not only make available land for expansion of the airport but also help land-related issues pertaining to other projects in Haridwar and Rishikesh

TOI had earlier reported that the government was all but ready to chop 10,000 trees within the reserve — a move that had met with several citizen protests and was eventually stalled after the Centre asked the state to look for alternative land.

The denotification proposal, too, may fall flat, sources in the state forest department said. A senior forest official said that even though the proposal is likely to be put up in the state wildlife board meeting, it is unlikely that it will get cleared at the ministry level.

10/11/20 Times of India

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