In the wake of rising wildlife causalities on the National Highway- 37, National Green Tribunal has ordered immediate demolition of roadside dhabas and eateries along the animal corridors of Kaziranga National Park (KNP). A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar directed the Ministry of Environment and Forests to take clear instruction on the issue and file an affidavit within 10 days.
‘All shops and dhabas run within 100 metres from the end of the road of National Highway or located in the forest/protected area, or bridges constructed or within 500 metres of the National Kaziranga Park, would be liable to be demolished,’ the bench instructed.
Meanwhile, Director of Kaziranga National Park, M K Yadava, who was directed by the green panel to conduct surprise inspection of the national highway, also submitted his inspection report.
The NGT had earlier directed the Assam government to clear its stand on eco-sensitive zones and how it has permitted large-scale hotel projects to come up in and around the Kaziranga National Park, which is home to the famous one-horned rhinos.