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Eco-sensitive zones to be set up at 5 places

LUCKNOW: The cabinet approved eco-sensitive zones within 100 metres of Kaimur wildlife sanctuary, Mirzapur; Okhla bird sanctuary, Gautam budh nagar; and, Lakh Bahosi wildlife sanctuary, Kannauj on Friday.

The commercial mining will be banned within one kilometer of the three protected areas. The proposal will now be forwarded to the centre.

The activities in the eco-sensitive zones will be broadly divided into banned, regulated and permitted.

The Union ministry of environment and forest (MoEF) had issued the guidelines for notification of eco-sensitive zones around national parks and wildlife sanctuaries on February 9, 2011. As per the rules, an eco-sensitive zone should be set up within 10 kms from protected areas. However, states can change the norms according to the wildlife in the area, number of residents around it, rural and urban location. UP adopted the altered norms.

UP has 24 wildlife sanctuaries and one national park.

State has set up district-level committees under DMs and commissioners to identify such zones around protected areas.

The Times of India (28-12-2013)