NGT action regarding Kuldiha Wildlife Sanctuary: Unauthorized mining

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NGT-action-regarding-Kuldiha-Wildlife-Sanctuary-Unauthorized-miningThe National Green Tribunal (NGT) intervened to address unauthorized mining in Odisha's Kuldiha Wildlife Sanctuary.

An Overview of the News 

  • A complaint of unauthorized mining was raised in the eco-sensitive area of Kuldiha Wildlife Sanctuary.

  • 97 sand mining sites were given on lease near Similipal-Hadgarh-Kuldiha-Conservation Reserve, especially Sukhuapata Reserve Forest Area.

  • These mining activities violate the Forest (Conservation) Act, of 1980, and may harm the ecosystem and wildlife.

  • Reference was made to the Supreme Court judgment (Binay Kumar Dalai and others v. State of Odisha and others) which indicated that mining should take place only after implementing a comprehensive wildlife management plan and preserving the traditional elephant corridor.

Kuldiha Wildlife Sanctuary:

  • Located in northeastern Odisha, adjacent to the Simlipal National Park.

  • Spread over 272.75 sq km, part of the moist deciduous forest region of the Eastern Highlands.

  • Connected to Simlipal National Park through Sukhupada and Nato hill ranges.

  • Sal trees dominate the mixed deciduous forests.

  • These include tigers, leopards, elephants, gaurs, sambars, giant squirrels, hill mynas, peacocks, hornbills, migratory birds, and reptiles.

Mayurbhanj Elephant Reserve:

  • Part of Mayurbhanj Elephant Reserve along with Simlipal and Hadgarh Wildlife Sanctuaries.

  • Local name: Tenda Elephant Reserve, provides protection to elephants.

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