Flat owners of 17 Group Housing Projects in Noida to be benefitted
The environment ministry on Tuesday invited comments to a draft notification that proposes a reduced eco-sensitive zone (ESZ) around the Okhla Bird Sanctuary -100 metres from the eastern, western and southern boundary and an area of 1.27km from the northern boundary .
There will be curbs on activities such as construction, quarrying, mining, stone crushing and polluting industries in the ESZ.
The notification comes as a big relief to 20,000 flat buyers in 17 group housing projects which were falling in the 10km-wide ESZ earlier proposed by the National Green Tribunal. In October 2013, the NGT had stopped construction within 10km of the sanctuary . As per the new draft order, areas in the ESZ include parts of sector 95 Noida, Chhalera Orangabad, Nayabans, Shaheen Bagh, Jasola, Abdul Fazal enclave, Okhla, Canal colony under UP Irrigation department, Jogabai and Khizrabad. Vehicular traffic will also regulated in the area in a “habitat friendly“ regulated in th way .
The ministry of environment, forests and climate change (MoEFCC) has also constituted state level eco-sensi tive zone monitoring committees for Uttar Pradesh and Delhi. A team of officials from MoEFCC and state environment agencies will monitor compliance of the provisions in the notification and maintain the sanctity of ESZ as per MoEFCC notification.
The draft states that the sanctuary is visited by 324 species and its conservation is necessary .