Road in Rann: GPCB’s public hearing in Feb, wildlife panel yet to take a call

Desert Wildlife Sanctuary and the Wild Ass Sanctuary would have to be diverted, besides cutting down 5,163 trees.

Although a parallel road exists along the northern reaches of the GRK, along the international border, the BSF and Home Department have supported the proposed road saying it will help in logistics of reinforcements and replenishments and aid the shifting of the sick and injured.

However, all seven members of the 10-member NBWL have opposed the road and Environment Minister Jayanthi Natatajan, the board's chairperson, is yet to take a final decision on the matter.

"There was no yes or no this time. Natarajan only took all our opinions. It seems unusual for the public hearing to be scheduled now, but its legality would be a matter of debate," said a board member who declined to be named because the minutes of the 27th meeting have not been officially released yet.

GPCB said member-secretary, Hardik Shah, too said the issue comes under different laws and that each would undergo their own processes.

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