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Green Tribunal asks govt to finalise minutes

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GUWAHATI, Feb 9 � The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on February 5 directed the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) to finalise the minutes of the meeting within four weeks, with effect from February 5, in compliance with its earlier orders. The NGT issued this order in MA No. 687 of 2014, MA No.1070 of 2013 and MA No.142 of 2014 in the Original Application No.174 of 2013 Rohit Choudhury Vs Union of India and others.

It also directed the State Government to ensure fixation of sensor-operated automatic barriers at the animal corridors � that is, the points where, as per survey already done, the animals cross the highway to reach the other side of the forest area.

Moreover, it said it should be ensured that the speed check cameras, which are stated to have been fixed, should be in working condition and should definitely be fixed at both the ends of animal corridors.

The shops and eateries like �dhabas� should not be permitted on the roadside along the animal corridors and due care should be taken in this regard.

It further said complete data shall be submitted of the vehicles challaned for exceeding the limit specified in that area, which would be prominently displayed. The State Government shall remove and demolish the unauthorised structures on the roadside, particularly at the animal corridors.

�The State Government would also produce before us the record of animal fatality for the year 2013 and 2014 on the next date of hearing, fixed on March 12, 2015,� it said.

Earlier, on January 13 last it asked the Ministry of Environment and Forests to hold a meeting along with the Wild Life Institute of India, State of Assam, applicant and other authorities concerned to suggest steps that should be taken to protect the animals.

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Green Tribunal asks govt to finalise minutes

GUWAHATI, Feb 9 � The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on February 5 directed the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) to finalise the minutes of the meeting within four weeks, with effect from February 5, in compliance with its earlier orders. The NGT issued this order in MA No. 687 of 2014, MA No.1070 of 2013 and MA No.142 of 2014 in the Original Application No.174 of 2013 Rohit Choudhury Vs Union of India and others.

It also directed the State Government to ensure fixation of sensor-operated automatic barriers at the animal corridors � that is, the points where, as per survey already done, the animals cross the highway to reach the other side of the forest area.

Moreover, it said it should be ensured that the speed check cameras, which are stated to have been fixed, should be in working condition and should definitely be fixed at both the ends of animal corridors.

The shops and eateries like �dhabas� should not be permitted on the roadside along the animal corridors and due care should be taken in this regard.

It further said complete data shall be submitted of the vehicles challaned for exceeding the limit specified in that area, which would be prominently displayed. The State Government shall remove and demolish the unauthorised structures on the roadside, particularly at the animal corridors.

�The State Government would also produce before us the record of animal fatality for the year 2013 and 2014 on the next date of hearing, fixed on March 12, 2015,� it said.

Earlier, on January 13 last it asked the Ministry of Environment and Forests to hold a meeting along with the Wild Life Institute of India, State of Assam, applicant and other authorities concerned to suggest steps that should be taken to protect the animals.