Jambughoda Mine Clearance On Hold | Ahmedabad News – Times of India

Ahmedabad: The State Board for Wildlife (SBWL) has decided to put in abeyance the proposal to remove old mining waste from the eco-sensitive zone of the Jambughoda Sanctuary. The proposal had been put for clearance in 2014.
SBWL member Rohit Vyas objected, saying that in 2014 a two-member committee had been formed and had recommended clearing the debris from only 64 hectares of the 211-hectare site. Vyas said the site now has green cover and fauna and is just 500m from the Jambughoda sanctuary and could be considered a part of the sanctuary.
Chief minister Bhupendra Patel, who chaired the SBWL meeting, emphasized that projects such as railway lines, underground pipelines and optical fibre networks in forest sanctuary zones need thorough examination for their environmental impact.
During this 22nd board meeting, proposals for widening or repairing unpaved roads, drains, bridges, culverts, 66 KV sub-stations, power lines and laying of underground pipelines for IOC in various sanctuaries such as Jambughoda, Purna, Jessore, Narayan Sarovar and Kutch Sanctuary were approved.
A proposal for a new broad gauge rail line on the Taranga Hill-Ambaji-Abu Road route within the eco-sensitive zone of Balaram-Ambaji Sanctuary, was cleared and along with the recommendation of the wildlife authorities. The proposal was forwarded to the National Board for Wildlife.
About 38 hectares of forest land at Prempara was acquired for the use in the Maghardi minor irrigation scheme of Junagadh district. The Prempara Sanctuary was notified under the Wildlife Protection Act 1972.