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Green Tribunal restricts traffic in Kaziranga

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GUWAHATI, March 20 � The National Green Tribunal (NGT) today directed that �no traffic would be permitted� on the six sections used by the Kaziranga �animals as corridors for going from one sector to another during peak animal activity hours from 5 am to 7 am and from 4 pm to 7 pm every day.�

The NGT directive came in connection with the MA No. 687 of 2013 and MA No. 1070 of 2013 in Original Application No. 174 of 2013 � Rohit Choudhury Vs Union of India and Others.

It needs mention here that the corridors � Kanchanjuri-Burapahar, East Haldibari-Bagori, Borjuri-Panbari Beat, Burapahar-Deosur Nala, Gibbon Crossing near Kukrakata, Amguri West and East have been identified, among others as crucial corridors for the Kaziranga animals.

The Principal Bench of the NGT, comprising its Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar, Member Justice UD Salvi, Expert Members Dr DK Agarwal, BS Sajwan and Dr RC Triver, also directed the State Government to immediately release funds already furnished by the Central Government in relation to protection and improvement of the Kaziranga section for the �purposes envisaged�.

It also maintained that it has noticed that the Report � January, 2014 (Review of the Proposal: Submitted by the Government of Assam in compliance of the order of the Hon�ble National Green Tribunal to suggest Mitigation Measures in the Interest of Wildlife Conservation with respect to National Highway- 37) submitted by the Committee (formed by the National Tiger Conservation Authority) is acceptable to MoEF in terms of an affidavit.

�Let the State Government give its comments on the status report as well as set the time-frame required to comply with the measures � short-term and long-term recommended,� said the NGT in its order.

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Green Tribunal restricts traffic in Kaziranga

GUWAHATI, March 20 � The National Green Tribunal (NGT) today directed that �no traffic would be permitted� on the six sections used by the Kaziranga �animals as corridors for going from one sector to another during peak animal activity hours from 5 am to 7 am and from 4 pm to 7 pm every day.�

The NGT directive came in connection with the MA No. 687 of 2013 and MA No. 1070 of 2013 in Original Application No. 174 of 2013 � Rohit Choudhury Vs Union of India and Others.

It needs mention here that the corridors � Kanchanjuri-Burapahar, East Haldibari-Bagori, Borjuri-Panbari Beat, Burapahar-Deosur Nala, Gibbon Crossing near Kukrakata, Amguri West and East have been identified, among others as crucial corridors for the Kaziranga animals.

The Principal Bench of the NGT, comprising its Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar, Member Justice UD Salvi, Expert Members Dr DK Agarwal, BS Sajwan and Dr RC Triver, also directed the State Government to immediately release funds already furnished by the Central Government in relation to protection and improvement of the Kaziranga section for the �purposes envisaged�.

It also maintained that it has noticed that the Report � January, 2014 (Review of the Proposal: Submitted by the Government of Assam in compliance of the order of the Hon�ble National Green Tribunal to suggest Mitigation Measures in the Interest of Wildlife Conservation with respect to National Highway- 37) submitted by the Committee (formed by the National Tiger Conservation Authority) is acceptable to MoEF in terms of an affidavit.

�Let the State Government give its comments on the status report as well as set the time-frame required to comply with the measures � short-term and long-term recommended,� said the NGT in its order.

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