Pleas against plying of private buses in Jim Corbett Tiger Reserve
A plea has been filed by advocated Gaurav Kumar Bansal challenging the decision of the forest department to allow a private company to ply their buses within a core area of Corbett Tiger Reserve. The plea cited the illegal act done by the Forest Department of Uttarakhand where the officials in order to provide wrongful gain to a private sector company by allowing its buses to ply within the core area of Corbett Tiger Reserve.
The plea said, “It is respectfully submitted that Section 38 (O) of the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972 provides that Tiger Reserves shall not be diverted for ecologically unsustainable uses and in case it is required then it is mandatory for State of Uttarakhand and its Forest Department officials to do the same only after taking approval from National Board for Wildlife and on the advice of National Tiger Conservation Authority”.
A bench headed by Chief Justice S.A Bobde and comprising Justices A.S Bopanna and V. Ramasubramanian said this is an important matter. “We grant interim stay”, said the bench.
The Supreme Court on Thursday stayed plying of private company buses in the core of area of Corbett Tiger Reserve and also issued notice to the Uttarakhand government.
The plea has been filed by advocate “Tiger population at the Corbett Tiger Reserve is important for maintaining the viability of entire Terai Landscape, and disrupting it through plying of private buses shall jeopardize one of the few viable tiger populations in the country”, said the plea.