Eco Sensitive Zone in Kaziranga: KNPEPC to protest on May 10, to file PIL in SC

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ESZ, ban on mining might affect the people of Karbi Anglong, say Karbi leaders

HT Bureau

DIPHU, May 7: Kaziranga National Park Extension Protest Committee (KNPEPC) has decided to organise a protest rally at Bagori on May 10 to protest against the move for inclusion of 10 km area around the Kaziranga National Park (KNP) as eco sensitive zone for giving space to the wild animals of the park for free movement.

In a bid to save wildlife and to ensure free movement of the animals in the national park, the Supreme Court on has come with an announcement on December 13, 2018 for maintenance of 10 km area around 21 national parks and wildlife sanctuaries in the country as ‘eco-sensitive zones’.

The apex court clearly stated that there cannot be any construction sites, factories or any other manufacturing unit or thick population density at least up to 10 km from the national parks and wildlife sanctuaries.

Further, the apex court on April 13, this year banned all mining and construction activities in 10 km area around the Kaziranga National Park (KNP) prompting the district administration of Karbi Anglong, Nagaon and Golaghat to clamp Section 144 of CrPC from April 27.

Following the Supreme Court’s directive Karbi Anglong deputy commissioner Mukul Kumar Saikia formally banned mining activities in the area by an order on May 4.

“Many incidents of mining took place on watershed areas and corridors of Kaziranga Karbi Anglong landscape which are of concern as per hon’ble Supreme Court order in I.A. No.42944/2019 in WP (Civil) No.202 of 1995 in context of mining around the Kaziranga Tiger Reserve within the district of Karbi Anglong and promulgated under section 144 CrPC on following prohibitions- all types of mining and related activities along Kaziranga Karbi Anglong landscape and in the entire catchment areas of the rivers/streams, rivulets in Karbi Anglong district and flowing into KNP, any new construction including on private lands which forms part of the indentified animal corridors and on transportation of illegally mined materials from Karbi Anglong district,” Saikia said in the order.

Leaders and members of the KNPEPC held a crucial meeting at Bagori Sericulture IB on Monday to discuss the future course of action. A large section of the people from Duarbagori and Socheng Dhenta MAC constituencies of Karbi Anglong district were also present in the meeting.

“If the Supreme Court order is implemented, it will have an adverse impact on the people living in villages under Duarbagori and Socheng Dhenta MAC constituencies,” KNPEPC general secretary Mohen Bey said in the meeting, which was presided over by former executive member (EM) of Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council (KAAC), Benting Teron.

In the meeting the villages expressed anger and determined that of giving up their lives, but not an inch of land for extension of KNP and Eco-Sensitive Zone.

The meeting has agreed to move the Supreme Court against the ban order and stage a protest rally on May 10 at Bagori with the villagers of Socheng Dhenta and Duarbagori MAC constituencies. An awareness programme will also be conducted in every village to make aware the people about the decision.

KNPEPC vice president Horison Tokbi, former general secretary of Karbi Lammet Amei (KLA), George Ronghang, former general secretary of KSA, Dorsing Kramsa, Rongmongve VDC chairman Bronson Terang were also present in the meeting.

 

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