The apex court-appointed CEC told a bench comprising Justices Arun Mishra and Deepak Gupta that the state government's allowing construction of road in the forest area was violative of the provisions of the Forest (Conservation) Act.
In a letter to the Uttarakhand Chief Secretary on June 10, the NTCA described the state PCCF’s assertions as “grossly incorrect” and requested the state to follow the mandatory provisions of the Wildlife Protection Act. The state is yet to respond.
On Monday, the National Green Tribunal barred construction of the Ramnagar-Kalagarh stretch of the proposed highway through Corbett Tiger Reserve. However, work in the Haridwar-Kotdwar stretch through Rajaji Tiger Reserve has already begun without statutory clearances..
Home to the country’s second highest tiger population, Uttarakhand has recorded a massive jump in the tiger numbers with the Corbett Tiger Reserve becoming home to 45 more tigers since 2015 and the Rajaji Tiger Reserve having 18 more big cats than were recorded in the 2014 tiger census.