Telangana HC directs state govt to refrain from cutting 1300 trees around KBR National Park

The Telangana High Court on Wednesday directed the State Government to refrain from cutting 1300 trees that form part of the Eco-Sensitive Zone of KBR National Park.

By Newsmeter Network  Published on  11 Aug 2021 12:10 PM GMT
Telangana HC directs state govt to refrain from cutting 1300 trees around KBR National Park

Hyderabad: The Telangana High Court on Wednesday directed the State Government to refrain from cutting 1300 trees that form part of the Eco-Sensitive Zone of KBR National Park.

A division bench comprising Chief Justice Hima Kohli and Justice B Vijaysen Reddy while giving the order said that the national park is an important green lung space in the city.

The court was hearing the petition filed by Kaajal Maheshwari, Jasveen Jairath, and Sagar Dhara. Counsel for the petitioners includes Ritwick Dutta and Rahul Choudhary, founders of LIFE (Legal Initiative for Forest and Environment).

In 2015, The Telangana State Government had planned to construct roads around it as part of its Strategic Road Development Plan which required chopping of more than 1300 trees. Later, the Government finalized the Eco-Sensitive Zone between 3-29 meters from the forest's boundary, which would have resulted in a narrow walkway.

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