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Centre casts 'eco-sensitive zones' around 15 state
sanctuaries
Himanshu Kaushik, TNN | Aug 30, 2013, 12.47PM IST
AHMEDABAD: At least 15 wildlife sanctuaries in the state will now have a 10-km 'eco-sensitive
zone' around them in which all construction and industrial activity will be banned. The list of 15
sanctuaries includes Nalsarovar situated 67km from Ahmedabad city, and the Wild Ass Sanctuary
in Kutch. Nalsarovar was recently declared a 'Ramsar site'.
In a letter to all the chief wildlife wardens of the country, the Union ministry of environment and
forests has said that "the ministry had given time till July 15, 2013 to all the states for submission
of the draft notification for Ecologically Sensitive areas around the National Park and wildlife
sanctuaries." The letter is signed by Dr SS Darbyal, additional director general of forests.
The letter further states: "It has now been decided by this ministry not to extend the time limit
any further and a default area of 10 km from the boundary will be eco-sensitive zone of such
protected areas for which proposals have not been forwarded."
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Gujarat has four National Parks, 23 wildlife sanctuaries and one conservation zone. Out of these,
the state government had not sent any proposal for a eco-sensitive zone for 15 sanctuaries.
The 'Wildlife Conservation Strategy-2002' that was adopted by the Indian Board for Wildlife
envisages declaring the area falling within 10 km of the boundary of national parks and
sanctuaries, as eco-fragile zones. Later, in 2005, it was decided to have site specific zones.
Earlier this year the Union ministry had cautioned states that had failed to declare eco-sensitive
zones around wildlife sanctuaries before February 15, 2013, that it will be forced to act on its own.
Later, however, the deadline for sending the proposals was extended till July 15 this year. The
MoEF had even warned that it could freeze all the area within 10-km radius of a sanctuary to
prohibit construction and other developmental activities in these zones.
Gujarat has already declared eco-sensitive zones around four sanctuaries - Girnar in Junagadh,
Purna in Dangs, Narayan Sarovar in Kutch and Vansda National Park in Valsad.
These sanctuaries include Nalsarovar in Ahmedabad, Marine National Park, Gaga Great Indian
Bustard, Khijadia Wildlife (Jamnagar), Barda Wildlife, Hingolgadh Nature Reserve, Rampara,
(Rajkot), Jambughoda wildlife (Panchmahal), Jessore Wildllife (Banaskantha), Lala Great
Indian Bustard, Kutch Desert Wildllife, (Kutch), Black Buck National (Velavadar), Porbandar
Lake (Porbandar), Ratanmahal (Dahod) and Wild Ass wildlife (Little Rann of Kutch).
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