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Sawantwadi to be declared ‘environmentally sensitive’


Bombay HC commanded the Center as well as state government to take steps towards announcing Sawantwadi-Dodamarg region as ‘environmentally sensitive’

high-courtMumbai: Bombay High Court commanded the Central as well as the state government on Friday to take steps towards announcing Sawantwadi-Dodamarg region as ‘environmentally sensitive’.

Aawaj Foundation had submitted a PIL in court demanding this declaration as there is a presence of wild animals in this area of Sindhudurg district.

The hearing took place at the bench of Justice Dhananjay Chandrachud and M S Sonak.

The environment in this region is being deteriorating. Ministry of Environment and Forest had set up a committee in the presidency of Dr Madhav Gadgil for the same. Central government had asked for some time to execute their proposals. But no decision was taken by them till date. Hence, the bench has ordered the secretaries of ministry to conduct meeting of the concern department’s officers on 1st of November and discuss the measures to announce Sawantwadi-Dodamarg area as environmentally sensitive.

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