Trikuta Wildlife Sanctuary
This is a wildllife sanctuary in the state of Jammu and Kashmir.
Latest news about the Sanctuary:
“The Vaishno Devi shrine will be able to build more facilities for pilgrims as the Supreme Court has ruled that the Trikuta hills around the temple cannot be regarded as a wildlife sanctuary, but the order may also open the gate for companies to mine manganese in the area…The Jammu & Kashmir Minerals Development Corporation has already signed a lease with the Board to mine 12,40,000 tonnes per annum (TPA) manganese from the Chirppian hills, 3 km from the sanctuary. A 30,000-tonne-per-annum burnt magnesia plant is expected to come up at Panthal, 4.5 km away from the sanctuary. Both these projects were cleared by the state and the national wildlife boards presided over by the environment minister in 2011” (Rautray and Goswanmi 2013).
“In a judgement of far-reaching consequences, the Apex Court has granted permission to the Jammu and Kashmir Government for de-notification of the entire Trikuta Wildlife Sanctuary, which hosts the highly revered Vaishno Devi ji shrine and several developmental activities of the Shrine Board are taking place within the contours of this sanctuary.
The permission for de-notification had become a serious stumbling block for major developmental activities around the holy shrine and this judgement paves way for taking up of several proposals including the materials and passengers ropeways projects already conceptualized by Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board …..As per the conditions laid down by the State Board for Wild Life, the State Forest Department was required to identify three alternate sites and the State would issue the Notification under Section 17(1) of Jammu & Kashmir Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1978 which shall be equal or double the area proposed to be de-notified from Trikuta Wildlife Sanctuary” (Rohmetra 2013)
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