GUWAHATI, Aug 26 - In a significant development, the Principal Bench of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed the Assam Government not to permit any construction activities, whatsoever, in and around the Kaziranga National Park.
�Even the patta holder cannot raise any construction in the eco-sensitive area or in the buffer zone as patta gives a right in the land primarily for agricultural purpose and nothing more,� said the NGT Principal Bench in its order on August 25, 2015 in the Original Application Number 174 of 2013 (Rohit Choudhury versus Union of India and Others).
It further directed that the status report in this regard should be filed by the State (Assam) within two days from August 25. The State shall also file a comprehensive map of Kaziranga National Park with its boundaries and offending structures existing within 5 km of the boundaries of the Kaziranga National Park. Notice should also be issued to all the offending parties, it said.
The case has been listed on September 14 and 15 next.