NGT to hear petition on encroachment at Kerwa, Kaliyasot on November 20

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 27 Oct 2018 11:58:34


Staff Reporter,

Encroachment on Kerwa- Kaliyasot belt is yet to attract required attention from authorities, alleged petitioner and environmentalist Rashid Khan. He says that vegetable market near restricted zone is adding up to the trouble and unregulated crowd influx is increasing in the region which is affecting the flora and fauna .

Talking to ‘The Hitavada’, he said that the hearing of the petition is scheduled on November 20. Besides, he also poined out that winter season brings in variety of migratory birds to the area. But there has been tremendous increase in decibel level in the area, the non-stop road construction activity and illegal encroachment is becoming threat to flora and fauna of the region. The species, which are mainly affected by noise pollution, are birds, besides butterflies and other insectivorous genus and peacock are also getting affected. Noise pollution affects health, but also alters behaviour of birds, especially, the breeding patterns. It has to be mentioned even tiger population and tiger wandering incidences are high in this belt.

As the boundaries of Kaliyasot jungle are adjacent to Ratapani Sanctuary and Kerwa, frequent incidence of tiger wandering had been witnessed in the region at regular intervals. It has to be noted that alarming level of decibel also brings in the risk of death by changing the delicate balance in prey detection and avoidance Further, in carnivorous animals, it also affects reproduction and navigation. Real time noise monitoring station needs to be established in eco sensitive zones.

The construction industry is a major source of pollution and it generates high levels of dust from concrete, cement, stone and this can carry for long distances over a long period of time. The pollution induced changes in the climate may prove catastrophic for many species thus leading to mass extinction of many species of birds. Poor air quality due to smog and noxious gases can have a devastating effect on the bird population in dense areas. Kerwa-Kaliyasot is an eco-sensitive zone and any kind of activities affecting flora and fauna should not be allowed, he alleged.