HC asks NTCA if electric vehicles can be used in Corbett

Saturday, 15 September 2018 | PNS | Nainital– The High Court of Uttarakhand has asked the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) whether electric vehicles can be operated in the Corbett national park to prevent noise pollution from conventional-fuel vehicles from disturbing the wildlife. The NTCA has been asked to submit its reply in the court in a period of four weeks. In the meanwhile, the high court has allowed the entry of 32 vehicles per day in the Jhirna and Bijrani zones in addition to 15 Gypsy jeeps in the Durgadevi zone. During hearing on a PIL, the advocate representing the State Government informed the high court division bench of Acting Chief Justice Rajiv Sharma and justice Lokpal Singh that the Special Tiger Protection Force (STPF) had been formed and had started operating in Corbett. During the hearing, two resort owners made a submission in the high court stating that the captive elephants rescued from captivity from resorts should be returned to them. They averred that the captive elephants were not sick when they were being held in captivity by the resort owners. However, on the basis of the veterinary officers report, the division bench stated that the elephants were sick at the time of their rescue from the resorts where they had been kept in captivity, with two of the rescued pachyderms suffering from tuberculosis. On this basis, the division bench rejected the appeal of the resort owners.

HC makes partial amendment in order to enable army to camp in bugyals for patrolling

Taking up an application submitted by the army, the High Court of Uttarakhand has made a partial amendment to its earlier order to allow the army to stay at night in the bugyals (high altitude alpine meadows) and patrol the areas. However, the court has stressed that full care should be taken to ensure cleanliness of the bugyals and the shelters should be temporary in nature. The army had submitted an appeal to the division bench of acting chief justice Rajiv Sharma and justice Lokpal Singh stating that following the earlier orders of the court in a PIL banning night stay in the bugyals, the administration had barred the army from patrolling in the bugyals and adjoining border areas. Considering the security aspect on the basis of the appeal filed by the army, the division bench made a partial amendment in its earlier order. The matter will be taken up for hearing next on September 24.

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