Supreme Court modifies its June 2022 order on 1-km eco-sensitive zones around protected forests

A bench led by Justice BR Gavai stressed that there are inbuilt safeguards to prevent rampant construction and any abuse of process that may be detrimental to the development and maintenance of wildlife habitats.
Forest Image for representative purposes

In a breather for several State governments, the Supreme Court on Wednesday directed that its earlier order mandating a 1-kilometre eco-sensitive zone (ESZ) around protected forests would not apply in cases where a draft or final notification for development has already been issued [TN Godavarman Thirumulpad vs Union Of India & Ors]

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