State wildlife board gives green signal to CHB project in IT Park

The State Board of Utah’s Department of Wildlife on Monday gave its approval for the Chandigarh Housing Board’s housing scheme for the IT park located under the Eco-Sensitive Zone (ESZ) of the Sukhna Wildlife Sanctuary, and agreed to forward the proposal to the National Council for Wildlife (NBWL) for clearance.

Three plots – Plot No. 1, 2, and 7 where CHB will build housing projects – are located under the Eco Sensitive Zone. An area of ​​at least 2.75 km from the wildlife reserve is located in the ESZ region. Plot No. 1 and 2 are 1.56 km away and Plot No. 7 is 1.52 km away from Al Haram respectively.

“There are strict restrictions on construction within the 1.25 km ESZ. Building is permitted with restrictions outside the 1.25-kilometer sanctuary area. Tall buildings are prohibited in the ESZ. CHB’s housing project in ESZ will be a seven-storey building. We gave our consent. “The matter has been referred to the NBWL for final approval,” said Dependra Dalay, chief forestry officer, Utah. The meeting was held under the chairmanship of UT Director Banwarilal Purohit. The meeting was attended by representatives of the Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun, Botanical Survey of India, Zoological Survey of India, representatives of NGOs and wildlife experts.

In a major step towards ease of governance, the board of directors decided to issue an online permit for people to visit the Wildlife Sanctuary in Sokhna by paying a small fee. The council has also decided to start an eco-tourist bus service to different forest areas in Chandigarh on specific days of the week so that the general public when paying the set fee can make use of it to see different forest areas like Butterfly Park, Peacock Park, Botanical Garden, Parrot Park and Sokhna Wildlife Sanctuary. On the agenda related to the Environmental Sensitive Zone, the Council decided to take up the matter with the Northern District Council to resolve the issue of declaring an Environmental Sensitive Zone in the Sukhna Wildlife Sanctuary along the common border with the states of Punjab and Haryana.

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