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Shivalik Elephant Reserve row: PMO directs Uttarakhand forest department to take 'necessary action'
Last week, Uttarakhand wildlife board decided to denotify Shivalik Elephant Reserve.


Published: 29th November 2020 11:22 PM | Last Updated: 29th November 2020 11:22 PM




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By Express News Service

DEHRADUN: After an activist from Dehradun wrote to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) on November 16 appealing to save the Thano forest of the Shivalik Elephant Reserve, the PMO on Saturday assigned the matter to chief wildlife warden, Uttarakhand.
Last week, Uttarakhand wildlife board decided to denotify Shivalik Elephant Reserve.
The PMO's move came after, Dr Aanchal Sharma, a dentist by profession had approached various international organisations like the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) through social media.
"I received a reply from the Prime Minister's Office. I had written to the PMO about the issue and how much biodiversity in Thano area is in danger due to this decision. I received a reply saying that the state forest department will plant saplings to cover the loss by the felling of the trees. I write again pointing out that planting saplings is not sufficient. Now, the chief wildlife warden has been directed to take action in the matter by the PMO," said Sharma.
The Shivalik Elephant Reserve, spread over 5,000 sq km in 14 state forest divisions was notified in 2002. The move has invited ire of local population, environmentalists and activists.
Last month, in a recreation of famous 'Chipko Movement' dating back to 1973, thousands gathered in Thano of Dehradun opposing felling of over 10,000 trees for expansion of Dehradun airport.
The Uttarakhand government has sought the NWB's approval to transfer 243 acres of forest land to the Airports Authority of India (AAI) for expanding the airport.
The current length of the runway at Jolly Grant Airport of Dehradun is 2,140 metres and it is proposed to be expanded to 2,765 meters with the construction of an additional 625 metres stretch for the runway.

 

breezydrive

Member
Hi, we'll be visiting Srinagar this weekend from Ghaziabad. Rishikesh- Devprayag-Srinagar route is closed because of road widening work.

There are 02 alternatives:

1. GZB - Kotdwar - Pauri - Srinagar
2. GZB - Rishikesh- Tehri - Srinagar

Any idea about road conditions on both the routes, pl share
 

adsatinder

explorer
1st route is patchy at places, narrow in hills.
But good to go as traffic is also less and can enjoy drive.

2nd route has UK Border where you have to get tested and 2 hours of line may be there.
After test only you can enter UK.

This route is good to go.
All good wept.some patches.

Both are driveable.

Decide yourself.

Register on UK portal is must for visiting in Uttarakhand.
 

adsatinder

explorer
A BCMTian went to Haridwar from Delhi-NCR in first week of December and reported no checkup was there or no one stopped at UK Border near Narsan / Manglaur.
 

nikhil2877

Active Member
Hi, we'll be visiting Srinagar this weekend from Ghaziabad. Rishikesh- Devprayag-Srinagar route is closed because of road widening work.

There are 02 alternatives:

1. GZB - Kotdwar - Pauri - Srinagar
2. GZB - Rishikesh- Tehri - Srinagar

Any idea about road conditions on both the routes, pl share
Sorry, quite late on the reply. but still putting in what I had experienced early this year. Kotdwar - Pauri is in almost perfect condition, with rigorous twists but negotiable. Hardly any bad roads, but good windings past gumkhal...

Jan 2020, hardly any traffic was visible, but I guess with the main highway restricted, this route must have got overwhelmed.
 

breezydrive

Member
Completed the trip from 12th to 15th December 2020; while going up, we went via Kotdwar - Pauri route.
No Covid test at UK border. First stop was for a sumptuous lunch at Khaira Punjabi Dhaba on the RHS just before Kotdwar.

Road conditions were mostly good.

While coming back, Kirtinagar- Tehri Dam- Chamba- Rishikesh route was followed. This route has smoother roads.

BTW, my contacts at Srinagar told me that now Shivpuri- Devprayag route can be used without any fuss.
 
Hi guys...

Require help w.r.t. best route to Kausani....

Hows the Rampur-Rudrapur stretch nwdays? Any suggestions regarding route are welcome..thanks
 
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