09 May 2022  |   06:29pm IST

Supreme Court cancels NBWL clearance for Railway Double Tracking

Supreme Court cancels NBWL clearance for Railway Double Tracking

TEAM HERALD

PANJIM: In a major victory of the people protesting against the linear project, the Supreme Court today canceled the green clearance granted to the doubling of the railway line between Tinaighat-Castlerock in Karnataka and Kulem in Goa.

The Surpeme Court today accepted the recommendation made by its appointed Central Empowered Committee.

Goa Foundation director Claude Alvares said that supreme Court had canceled the clearance granted by the national board of Wildlife and has directed the South western railways to reapply for the same.

The report, which was submitted to the apex court on April 23, states that doubling of the railway line will only marginally enhance the capacity of the 'most inefficient section of the railway network' passing through ecologically sensitive and bio-diversity rich tiger reserve.

The CEC committee, headed by member-secretary Amarnatha Shetty, has recommended the apex court to revoke the permission granted by the standing committee of the National Board for Wildlife (SC NBWL) for doubling of the railway track, which is propose to pass through 120.85 hectares of the protected area from the Bhagwan Mahaveer Wildlife Sanctuary, Goa and Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary, Karnataka.

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