Wildlife getting hit by realty plans in Noida

By Accommodation Times Bureau

The forest department of Gautum Budh Nagar has sent a notice to around 50 realty projects within its area of 10km of Okhla Bird Sanctuary, saying first get a clearance from the standing committee of National Board of Wildlife (NBWL).

The notice is being issued based on 2006 Supreme Courts’ judgment that all the cases are environmental clearance by Union Ministry of environment and forests (MoEF).  All the clearance is mentioned in Environment Impact Assessment guidelines issued by the minister. Officials of forests department said as per list of projects mandated of clearance a notice has be issued to building and construction projects with built up areas between 20,000 and 1.5 lakh sq meter township and area development of more than 50 hectares. The ministry has declared the land near or around sanctuaries or parks as Eco-sensitive zone. Any activities near it would be regulatory nature.

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