KAAC files SLP in SC challenging order banning mining in Kaziranga

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DIPHU, May 9:Finally, Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council (KAAC) moved Supreme Court challenging its order banning all mining and construction activities in 10 km area around Kaziranga National Park (KNP) for giving space to the wild animals of the park for free movement.

A special leave petition (SLP) was filed by lawyer Kauship Choudhury with senior lawyer Vijay Hansaria on behalf of KAAC principal secretary Mahanata Hazarika to review April 16 order of the apex court which banned all construction and mining activities in 10 km catchment areas around the national park, which has been designated as eco sensitive zone (ESZ).

The petition was filed as per directive of chief executive member (CEM) Tuliram Ronghang.

The petition argued that major portion of revenue of the council is derived from forest and forest products. “Therefore, banning mining activities in Dolamara and Rongmongve within the jurisdiction of Karbi Anglong will not only affect the revenue of KAAC but also the livelihood of the people living in the catchment areas of the national park,” the petition said.

Following the Supreme Court order, the district administration of Karbi Anglong, Nagaon and Golaghat have banned all mining and construction activities in the catchment areas of the National Park with effect from April 27.

“We have challenged the Supreme Court order banning mining and construction activities in Dolamara and Rongmongve as it would affect our revenue sources and livelihood of the tribal people living in the catchment areas since time immemorial,” CEM Tuliram Ronghang told The Hills Times.

On May 6 last the Kaziranga National Park Extension Protest Committee headed by local leaders like former EM Mohen Bey and Benting Terang held a meeting and decided to take out a protest rally on May 10 at Bagori to oppose the Supreme Court verdict banning mining in the areas.

The people of the villages under Socheng Dhenta and Duarbagori MAC constituencies are also expected to take part in the protest.

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