646. SHRIMATI MAYA SINGH:
Will the Minister of ENVIRONMENT AND FORESTS be pleased to state:
(a) whether it is a fact that the canal project to connect Kushalipuranalla to the Mansarovar Dam in the Ranthambhor National Park threatens to destroy the crucial corridor that links the Ranthambhor National Park to the Sawai Mansingh Sanctuary and is in violation of the Wildlife and Forest Act;
(b) if so, the reasons therefor; and
(c) the details of action Ministry has taken in this regard?
MINISTER OF STATE (INDEPENDENT CHARGE) FOR ENVIRONMENT AND FORESTS
(SHRIMATI JAYANTHI NATARAJAN)
(a), (b) and (c) The area of the said canal project falls under the core area of the Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve, notified under section 38 V of the Wild Life (Protection) Act, 1972, as amended in 2006. The project was placed for consideration before the Standing Committee of National Board for Wildlife (NBWL), in its meeting held on 14.10.2011. Although the proposal stands recommended by the State Board for Wildlife, Chief Wildlife Warden of the State and the National Tiger Conservation Authority, no final view on the project was taken by the Standing Committee.