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Car parking project in tiger reserve: SC seeks Centre's reply

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The Supreme today asked the Centre to respond to Tamil Nadu's plea against a decision of the National Green Tribunal allowing to go ahead with a car parking project in the Periyar Tiger Reserve Sanctuary near the Mullaperiyar dam.

A bench comprising Justices A K Sikri and Ashok Bhushan also sought response from on the plea and said no permanent construction should be made there in the meantime.

It, however, said its order would not prevent from erecting temporary structure in connection with the parking.

On November 27, the apex while hearing a separate had asked and Kerala to amicably settle their dispute over the project in the Mullaperiyar reservoir.

The had approached the apex alleging that the car parking facility was being built in the core area of the tiger reserve near the reservoir.

It had claimed that there was no permission from the Centre to build the car parking which was being constructed in violation of the Forest Act. It has also claimed that the project was located in the area leased to the state.

has claimed that the project, which involved various construction activities, would affect the catchment and water spread area of the dam and consequently, the water of the reservoir which is used for drinking and irrigation purposes by the people of five districts.

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First Published: Mon, December 04 2017. 19:00 IST