Centre to Uttarakhand: Discover various land to develop airport

Written by Lalmani Verma
| Dehradun |

October 31, 2020 2:49:48 am

Jolly Grant Airport (euttaranchal.com)

The Ministry of Atmosphere, Forest and Local weather Change (MoEF) has requested the Uttarakhand authorities to contemplate avoiding delicate areas of the Shivalik Elephant Reserve whereas exploring land appropriate to make use of for the growth of Dehradun’s Jolly Grant Airport.

The forest conservation division of the MoEF has made this remark in response to a Uttarakhand authorities proposal for the diversion of 87 hectare (ha) of forest land in Dehradun district for the growth of the airport.

Assistant Inspector Normal of Forests Sandeep Sharma, in a letter to the Uttarakhand Forest Division, mentioned the realm proposed for diversion is a ‘Excessive Conservation Worth’ space and can trigger fragmentation of riverside forests located between the present runway and the river. “Out of the 87.0185 ha proposed space to be diverted, 47 ha space falls below MDF [moderately dense forest]. Due to this fact the State Govt, might discover alternate options for the proposal equivalent to buying space mendacity north of current runway,” learn the letter.

“…Your entire proposed forest space for diversion falls throughout the Shivalik Elephant Reserve and elephant corridors inside its 1 km radius. Furthermore, the notified Kansora-Barkot Elephant Hall is positioned inside 5 km radius. The state authorities ought to take into account avoiding these delicate areas and discover various lands,” it mentioned.

Sharma additionally identified that the proposed land is positioned inside a 10-km radius of Rajaji Nationwide Park/Tiger Reserve. “Due to this fact, standing of the Wildlife Clearance/feedback of Chief Wildlife Warden and NTCA could also be furnished,” the letter reads.

The growth challenge consists of improvement of the airport, parking space, a brand new ATC tower and lengthening the present runway to three.5 km to satisfy worldwide airport requirements. A state official mentioned the growth will be certain that the airport is appropriate for working multiple multi-mission chopper, just like the IAF’s Chinook, at any given time.

Not too long ago, the Uttarakhand cupboard permitted a proposal for the growth of a helipad on the Kedarnath shrine to make it appropriate for working Chinooks. “However that helipad can’t be utilized in winters as snow covers the whole space. For such conditions, Dehradun airport have to be outfitted,” the official mentioned.

The proposal despatched to the MoEF itself says that the realm is part of the Shivalik Elephant Reserve and it falls inside a 10-km radius of Rajaji Nationwide Park. “Thus there may be common motion of untamed animals, particularly elephants, from one space to a different, resulting in man-animal battle affecting people in addition to wild animals. Thus to mitigate the battle, Dehradun FD is proposing a wildlife mitigation plan topic to approval of CWLW [Chief Wildlife Warden], Uttarakhand,” the proposal says.

The mitigation plan proposes development of elephant proof wall, photo voltaic fencing, weed eradication, development of water holes, buy of tranquilizing gun and different rescue equipments

A senior official within the state Forest Division mentioned, “An in depth reply to ministry’s observations will likely be despatched very quickly. Experiences are being collected from the officers of the forest division involved.”

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