SC Directs Centre to Declare Area Around National Parks as Eco-Sensitive

Prelims level : Environmental conservation Mains level : GS 3: Environmental conservation
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  • The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed the Union Environment Ministry to declare 10 km area around 21 national parks and wildlife sanctuaries across the country as ‘eco-sensitive zones’.


  • The Supreme Court bench took the initiative after its amicus curiae (advisor) informed the court that the State governments have taken no effort to protect the area around these sanctuaries and parks. The court ordered the Centre to make the declaration “at the earliest”. Any plea for modification by the States concerned should be made to the Environment Ministry in two weeks.

Related 21 national parks and wildlife sanctuaries:

Pobitora sanctuaryAssam
Hemis High Altitude and Kishtewar national parks,Jammu and Kashmir
Changthang, Hokersar, Trikuta sanctuaries
Jogimatti, Thimlapura and Yadahalli Chinkara sanctuariesKarnataka
Deolgaon Rehekuri and Thane Creek Flamingo sanctuaries and the Malvan marine sanctuaryMaharastra
Siroi National Park and Khongjaingamba Ching sanctuaryManipur
Fakim and Puliebadze and Rangapahar sanctuariesNagaland
Jorepokhri sanctuaryWest Bengal
Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar bird sanctuary and Pilibhit sanctuaryUttar Pradesh
Baghmara Pitcher Plant sanctuaryMeghalaya

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