Eco-Sensitive Zone (ESZ) : Centre to reconsider ESZ notification

Highlights: 

  • Recently, the Union Govt. has agreed to reconsider the December 18, 2012 eco-sensitive zone (ESZ) notification.
  • Thje zone consists of a 100-km stretch of the Bhagirathi from Gaumukh to Uttarkashi- covering an area of 4,179.59 sq km- was to be declared as eco-sensitive.
  • A team headed by Uttarakhand Chief Secretary N. Ravi Shanker met Nripendra Misra, Principal Secretary to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, requested the Centre to withdraw the ESZ notification.
  • The delegation also raised the issues of stalled hydroelectric power projects in the State.