7 Aug 2020

Asola Wildlife SanctuaryQuick read

Why in news?

  • MoEFCC has declared an area of 1km around the Asola Bhatti Wildlife Sanctuary in Gurugram and Faridabad as Eco-sensitive zone.

More information:

  • Asola-Bhatti Wildlife Sanctuary coversSouthern Delhi Ridge of Aravalli hill range on Delhi-Haryana border and northern parts of Faridabad and Gurugram districts of Haryana state.
  • It is the part of the Northern Aravalli leopard wildlife corridor that starts from the Sariska National Park in Rajasthan.
  • The Asola wildlife sanctuary consists of around 200 species of resident and migratory birds.

Regulated Activities are:

  • Hotels and resorts will not be allowed within 1 km of the boundary of the protected area or up to the extent of the Eco-Sensitive Zone, whichever is nearer.
  • Construction: only “Small temporary structures” for eco-tourism activities.
  • Small scale non-polluting industries
  • Felling of trees
  • Civic infrastructure

Banned Activities are:

  • Stone quarrying
  • Industrial and polluting industries
  • Major hydroelectric projects
  • Commercial mining
  • Saw mills brick kilns

Allowed Activities are:

  • Organic farming
  • Cottage industries
  • Rain water harvesting
  • Agro-forestry

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