'Explain how protectors of nature can perpetrate destruction': Uttarakhand HC to Chief Wildlife Warden
The court asked this while hearing the public interest litigation filed by social activist Reenu Paul regarding denotification of Shivalik Elephant Reserve.
Uttarakhand HC summons member secretary of State Wildlife Board over Shivalik Elephant reserve de-notification
The court also granted further 10 days time to the center as well as Uttarakhand State Biodiversity Board to file their responses in the matter.
The Shivalik Elephant Reserve, spread over 5,000 sq km in 14 state forest divisions was notified in 2002. The move had invited ire of local population, environmentalists and activists.
The stay is a setback to the state government which denotified the elephant reserve to ease the felling of over 10,000 trees to expand Jolly Grant airport of Dehradun.
Last week, Uttarakhand wildlife board decided to denotify Shivalik Elephant Reserve.