A Cabinet subcommittee has been set up to demarcate eco-sensitive zones around the national parks and wildlife sanctuaries in Karnataka. B Ramanath Rai, the Minister of Forest of Karnataka will head the Cabinet subcommittee set. The state cabinet decided to constitute the panel as per the direction of the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF).
In its direction the Supreme Court has ordered the centre and states to demarcate 10 kilometer zone in parks as the buffer zone. 2 kilometers of the zone around the Bandipur Tiger Reserve has been demarcated by the authorities. This demarcation has led to a total ban on quarrying within the zone and other activities.
The states have five national parks and 27 wildlife sanctuaries and the subcommittee will study and prepare a report on demarcating the eco-sensitive zones around other national parks and wildlife sanctuaries. As per the Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister T.B. Jayachandra, the report of the study would be sent to the Centre for demarcation of the boundaries.
He also said that as per the guidelines of centre, commercial mining, seeting up of the industries that causes pollution, establishment of hydroelectric projects, commercial use of firewood, tourism and others are prohibited in the eco-sensitive zones.
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