Tribune Information Service

Dushyant Singh Pundi

Chandigarh, August 6

Even after the problem was raised on the Northern Zonal Council (NZC) assembly in Jaipur final month, Punjab and Haryana are but to declare eco-sensitive zones (ESZs) round Sukhna Wildlife Sanctuary of their respective areas.

Why it needs to be introduced quickly

  • There could also be extra encroachments, unlawful constructions
  • To protect greenery round Sukhna Wildlife Sanctuary
Cyclists within the space behind Sukhna Lake in Chandigarh. file

UT Administration raised the problem of declaring ESZ across the sanctuary within the assembly of NZC, which incorporates Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Punjab, Rajasthan, Nationwide Capital Territory, Delhi; and the Union Territory of Chandigarh, was held on 9 July in Jaipur underneath the chairmanship of Union House Minister Amit Shah.

UT Advisor Dharam Pal stated the problem of ESZs across the sanctuary was raised within the assembly. He additionally wrote to the Ministry of House Affairs (MHA) to expedite the method of notifying ESZs across the sanctuary for the world falling in Punjab and Haryana.

Earlier additionally the administration had taken up the problem with the Heart and the Haryana and Punjab governments for declaration of ESZ on the earliest. A senior UT official stated if there’s additional delay within the declaration of ESZs, there might be extra encroachments and unlawful constructions after which will probably be troublesome to take away them. It was essential to tell the ESZ on the earliest to protect the greenery across the sanctuary. UT is pushing for the administration’s announcement ESZ by Punjab and Haryana after declaring an space of ​​2 km-2.75 km from the boundary of the sanctuary as a weak zone. It had opposed the Punjab authorities’s proposal to declare as ESZ solely 100 meters from the boundary of the sanctuary. Nevertheless, the Haryana authorities had lately meant to declare an space of ​​1 km-1.5 km in its territory as ESZ.

On September 17, 2015, the Ministry of Forests and Setting issued a draft notification for the sanctuary space falling in Chandigarh and never the areas falling underneath Punjab and Haryana. The UT administration had urged the ministry to difficulty a notification for the whole ESZ to guard the sanctuary, 90 per cent of which falls in Punjab and Haryana. Nevertheless, on January 25, 2017, the Ministry had declared ESZ just for Chandigarh.

The lake was notified as a wetland underneath the Wetlands (Safety and Administration) Guidelines, 2017 to protect its unique look. Notifying it as an ESZ is a step ahead, as it would be certain that no resort, industrial constructing, cinema corridor, mall or every other building will happen inside 7-8 km radius of Sukhna Lake.

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