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  • 21 May 2024
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SC Stays Project in Uttarakhand Forested Area

Why in News?

Recently, the Supreme Court has halted a major hotel development in the Bhimtal-Mukteshwar region due to concerns raised in a petition about extensive deforestation in the lush Jilling Estate area.

Key Points

  • According to the court, the thickly forested patch was permitted to be deforested for a hotel project, which intends to carry out construction activities on an area of 20,000 square feet.
    • It would cause irreparable damage to the fragile ecology of the area that could adversely impact the interest of the state to maintain adequate forest cover.
  • The main issue lies here is that the High Court permitted construction to go ahead without the mandatory environmental clearance under the Environment Impact Assessment Notification of 2006.
    • SC had recently expressed serious concern over the lackadaisical approach of the state government in controlling forest fires that recur every year.

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