870 square kilometers around the sanctuary of Chambal now eco-sensitive
NEW DELHI: Notified an area of 870 km2 in MP as a prohibited zone (ESZ), prohibiting polluting activities such as industries, large hydroelectric projects, mining, stone extraction and large constructions within the 'prohibited area' for the conservation of its ecology comprising of unique geographical features (ravines), bodies of water, flora and fauna.
According to this notification, the state government is now required to prepare a 'zonal master plan' to take care of the EEZ and a 'ecotourism master plan' to promote tourism within the specific area of the sanctuary that houses 75% of the species population in critical danger of Gharial and 180 species of migratory birds.
The sanctuary, located on and along the Chambal River, one of the cleanest rivers in India, in the MP districts of Sheopur, Morena and Bhind, also houses national, the Ganges dolphin, and nine species of water turtles candy. The extension of ESZ varies from zero (due to the interstate border) to two kilometers from the Chambal National Sanctuary in, said the notification, issued by the Ministry of Environment on February 20.
The measure will also help in the Center's broader plan to develop Chambal ravines in one of the ecotourism centers and best agricultural practices in the country. Being treated as a landscape conservation model, the Center will develop the ravines in the Sheopur and Morena districts of the state as part of its Green Agriculture project. The project is being implemented by the Center in collaboration with the Global Environment Facility and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.