- The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has constituted a committee to provide it a factual report on alleged illegal construction of a road in the Rajaji Tiger Reserve in Uttarakhand. The committee comprises representatives of the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Uttarakhand Public Works Department and National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA).
- A petition has been filed which alleges that a road is being built for the use by commercial vehicles in the tiger reserve without statutory clearances and requisite safeguards. According to the petitioner, construction of the road may potentially damage the biological diversity and resources of the reserve.
- The Rajaji Tiger Reserve spreads over three districts of Uttarakhand: Haridwar, Dehradun and Pauri Garhwal. The national park was accorded the status of Tiger Reserve in 2015 and became the 48Th tiger reserve in India. The Ganga and Song rivers flow through the reserve.
- The National Green Tribunal was established in 2010 under the National Green Tribunal Act 2010. The responsibility of the tribunal is to work on the disposal of cases related to environmental protection, conservation of forests and other natural resources.
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