Ramesh to visit Mount Girnar to take stock of ropeway project
With the environmental panel's nod, the ropeway project at Mount Girnar in Junagadh now awaits the green signal from the Wildlife Panel, appointed by the Union Ministry of Forest and Environment — following objections by the National Board of Wildlife.
Union Minister for Forest and Environment Jairam Ramesh is likely to visit Junagadh to take stock of the situation before the Wildlife Panel takes its decision.
The minister's visit will focus on the project's impact on the vulture population in the region, given its importance as a roosting and nesting centre. He is scheduled to conduct a survey of the site.
S K Nanda, state Principal Secretary, Forest and Environment, said: "The minister is likely to visit on December 5. He will check if the project threatens the birds."
Over 7 hectares of forest area has been diverted for the project at an investment of Rs 89.31 crore, which has raised many eyebrows.
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