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NGT forms committee on natural conservation zones

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The has formed a committee to look into the question whether sub regional plans for protection of Natural Conservation Zones (NCZs) were consistent with the regional plan prepared by the

A bench headed by NGT Justice said the and Forests will be the nodal agency of the committee and asked the panel to hold its meeting within one month.

The committee will comprise the secretary, Ministry of and Forests, secretary, and Urban Affairs, chairman, Central Pollution Control Board, National Centre, and secretaries of Urban Development Departments of Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, and

"Since it is stated on behalf of that its report will be submitted within one month and the said report may be taken into account. Similar reports may also be furnished by the other states. The secretaries of Urban Development Departments of the states will be responsible for submitting the sub-regional plans. The matter may thereafter be finalized as far as possible within three months," the bench said.

It said a final report of the committee might be sent to it on or before December 31 by e-mail and posted the matter for consideration of the report on February 11 next year.

Earlier, in an affidavit filed before the tribunal, the (NCRPB) had submitted that there was shrinkage in NCZs like forests, water bodies and waste lands in Haryana, Rajasthan, and

It has said that NCRPRB after perusing the variations shown in analysis done by the Centre immediately acted upon the observations and sent letters to participating states of Haryana, Rajasthan, and NCT and sought response for such shrinkage.

According to the NCRPB, the shrinkage of NCZ in sub region is 25.97 per cent, 15.43 per cent in NCT Delhi, 43.88 per cent in sub region and 11.18 per cent in sub region.

The tribunal was hearing a petition filed by Gaurav Kumar Bansal, appearing for Bar Association against the alarming rate of depletion of NCZs in

It had sought directions to check alleged diversion of the area marked as NCZ by the in the regional plan.

The plea had alleged that states of Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and had diverted the NCZ area in violation of the original plan while preparing sub-regional plans and such diversion would adversely affect the

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First Published: Thu, August 09 2018. 17:30 IST
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