Rajasthan: Despite NGT order, laying of power lines on in GIB habitat

Despite NGT Bhopal prohibiting laying of electricity lines by the power companies in Degrai Temple pasture land in Jaisalmer, which is a habitat of the Great Indian Bustard (GIBs) and many other rare species, such activities continue unabated.

The villagers are annoyed over the violation of NGT orders. For the last three to four days, the villagers have been trying to stop the work going on in the pasture land, but the companies are continuing nevertheless.

Degrai Oran Samiti main member Sumer Singh Bhati said that the Rasla gram panchayat in Fatehgarh sub-division and Shri Degrai temple trust filed a petition at the National Green Tribunal, Bhopal bench, which ordered on October 14 to prohibit cutting of trees and laying electricity lines in the pasture land. Bhati alleged that the NGT orders were being violated at different places.

Bhati claimed that at present, three solar energy companies were laying the electricity wires and the villagers apprised them about the NGT order, but despite that the companies continued with the work.

The NGT had made a committee of Jaisalmer DFO and pollution board members to see to the execution of its order.

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