Pithoragarh. The scope of ‘Askot Sanctuary’ has increased in Pithoragarh, Uttarakhand. After the order of the Supreme Court, now 123 villages adjacent to the China-Nepal border are to be included in the purview of Eco-sensitive Zone. After the decision of the court, it will also become difficult to build a pedestrian path in these areas. While the Supreme Court has included 123 villages in the century, on the other hand, it has also decided to include the radius of one kilometer adjacent to ‘Ascot Century’ in the Eco-sensitive zone. After the new decree, now no government and non-government work will be done in these areas, due to which the future of the approved projects in these areas is also in limbo. Along with this, there has also been a complete ban on the construction of buildings near the eco-sensitive zone. While the local residents are unhappy with this decision of the Supreme Court.
Local resident Deepak Chufal said that development is necessary in these villages adjacent to the border. If this does not happen then there will be more migration. The people of the area want that their villages should not be included in the eco-sensitive zone.
Actually ‘Ascot Century’ was created for the conservation of musk deer, but in view of heavy opposition, in 2013, the Bahuguna government excluded 111 villages from the century. After being out of the century, the path of development plans was open in these areas of the border, but after 9 years once again the old situation has been restored.
plans will hang in balance
Taking a decision on the public interest litigation, the country’s highest court has issued a decree to include 123 villages along the border in the eco-sensitive zone. Several development plans are in the pipeline in this area adjacent to China and Nepal. Many villages are deprived of road service due to already being adjacent to this century, as well as big hydroelectric projects are also proposed here. In such a situation, the decision of the Supreme Court has also raised questions on the future of development projects in Dharchula tehsil and adjoining areas. District Magistrate Dr Ashish Chauhan has said to send the report to the government.
FIRST PUBLISHED : August 04, 2022, 15:14 IST