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SC bans mining along Kaziranga National Park, asks Assam DGP to implement order

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The has banned all activities along the and catchment area of rivers originating in in

A bench comprising Justices and issued a notice to the government and sought its reply within three weeks.

"We order that all kinds of and related activities along the aforesaid area and in the entire catchment area of rivers/streams and rivulets originating in ranges and flowing into the Kaziranga National Park, including Tiger Reserve are restrained.

"No new construction shall be permitted on private lands which form part of the nine identified animal corridors," the bench said.

The apex court also directed the of Police, and the of Police to ensure that no takes place in the aforesaid area and no of illegally mined material happens from

It also issued notice to Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council, and Forests.

The apex court's order came after perusing a report filed by the on the status of mining in area along the and

The report said many of the sites selected for operation of the mining activities are qualified to be recognised as forests and therefore in such areas the prior mandatory forest clearance from the Centre is a must.

"The mining activities permitted by Karbi Anglong officials along with various wildlife corridors connecting KNP and Karbi Anglong Hills landscape are without the authority of law," the CEC said.

The order came on a plea filed by animal rights activist against near Kaziranga National Park.

He had claimed that more than 60 illegal stone quarries are in operation at Karbi Anglong Hills, adjoining the national park, threatening the landscape and survival of the national park.

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First Published: Mon, April 15 2019. 20:15 IST