Q: Referring to the information provided by Conservation India regarding the NGT. As mentioned, NGT has no jurisdiction over matters pertaining to the Wildlife Act. Also it is clearly stated that for issues over National Parks/Sanctuaries NGT order cannot be availed. But recently in Mumbai, NGO- Vanashakti had approached NGT for some construction within 10 km range of the Sanjay Gandhi National Park. NGT in return had even issued orders for the same. So has there been any change in the jurisdiction rights of NGT? If no,then why this discrepancy?

Asked by Samiksha

Answer from Praveen Bhargav, Wildlife First:

While CI is not aware of the NGO, Vanashakti’s, petition, the 10 km range that you refer to is presumably the Eco-sensitive zone (ESZ) of the National Park. ESZs are notified under the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986 over which the NGT has jurisdiction. Hence, there seems to be no discrepancy.

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