Environment ministry seeks improved air connectivity for Gir
The issue of poor air connectivity with Gir National Park in Gujarat has been taken up with the Ministry of Civil Aviation, the environment ministry has told a parliamentary panel. The environment ministry stated this in its action taken report to a parliamentary standing committee on science and technology, environment and forest. The ministry has also said that the Gujarat government has also been asked to take action regarding the recommendation of the committee to remove encroachments from around the park.
“Encroachments and construction around the national parks and sanctuaries are in purview of the states. In so far as Gir National Park is concerned, state government of Gujarat has been communicated to take action according the recommendation of the committee. The ministry has also taken up the matter with Ministry of Civil Aviation regarding poor air connectivity of Gir National Park and requested for improving air connectivity,” the ministry told the panel chaired by Anand Sharma.
The panel, in its 308th report, has said that although encroachments and construction around national parks and sanctuaries is in the purview of the states, the ministry can always impress upon the concerned state governments to comply with the law in this regard.
The action taken report came after the committee in one of its earlier reports had observed that Gir national park is poorly connected with air and had recommended that the environment ministry should take up the matter with the central and state government agencies so that it can be improved.
The committee in one of its earlier reports had noted that granting of licences to dhabhas and hotels being run near the national park needs to be reviewed keeping in view the fact that a lot of garbage is generated and thrown by them in the area.
The committee had then recommended that illegal construction or encroachment in and around national park should be viewed seriously and stringent steps must be taken in this direction.