In a recent order regarding , the Supreme Court ordered that all kind of mining and related activities along the aforesaid Kaziranga National Park area and in the entire catchment area of rivers/streams and rivulets originating in Karbi Anglong Hill ranges and flowing into 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.
Further, SC has explicitly instructions to the director general of Police, Assam and the concerned Superintendent of Police of the area to ensure that there happens no illegal mining and consequently, no transportation of any illegally mined material takes place.
In a report by Central Empowered Committee which contained certain recommendations which was annexed to the application filed by the activist Rohit Chaudhary, it was recommended to ban mining along Kaziranga National Park area, not grant permission for new construction including on private lands which form a part of 9 Identified Animal Corridors, direct the Direct General of Police to ensure that there takes place no mining and direct the Superintendent of Police of the area to ensure that there takes place no transportation of mined materials. Hence, the SC disposed of Interlocutory Application by taking cognizance of the report and gave the State Government of Assam to respond to the CEC report within a period of 3 weeks.
Kaziranga National Park is a protected area in Assam and holds the largest population of one-horned rhinoceroses. The park is a protected area for various other endangered species. The park is a UNESCO world heritage site. Corridors are developed and are left unhindered by anthropogenic activities because they provide contiguous area which is essential for long term viability of any endangered animals.
Mining is a harmful activity to the wildlife and as well as one of the causes of climate change. Hence the order by SC is a drift up for the wildlife in the Assam Protected Area.
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