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India | Highway commission halts plan to widen road through tiger sanctuary

BENGALURU: The National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) on Friday informed the Karnataka High Court that it is not widening the NH4-A from Khanapur to Londa in Belagavi district on the stretch falling within the Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary. It has stated it in the statement of objections filed before the division bench of Acting Chief Justice L Narayana Swamy and Justice PS Dinesh Kumar.


The bench was hearing the public interest litigation petition filed by environmentalist Suresh Heblikar and two others seeking directions to stop felling of about 22,000 trees for widening of NH4-A.  Stating that the number of trees cleared/to be cleared is much lower, the NHAI said that the total number of trees to be felled is 19,040 and the number of trees cut till February 28, 2019 is 12,258.


http://www.newindianexpress.com/states/karnataka/2019/apr/06/not-widening-road-inside-dandeli-sanctuary-in-karnataka-nhai-1960781.html

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