MOEFCC notifies MHTR Eco-Sensitive Zone
On 1st December 2020, the Union Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change (MoEFCC) issued final notification declaring MHTR Eco-Sensitive Zone (ESZ) around Mukundra Hills Tiger Reserve spread across the districts of Kota, Bundi, Chittorgarh and Jhalawar. The draft notification regarding the same was released on 13/01/2020.
Mukundara Hills Tiger Reserve (MHTR)
Mukundara Hills Tiger Reserve (MHTR) was established in the year 2013 which encompasses area of Mukundara Hills National Park, Dara Sanctuary, Jawahar Sagar Sanctuary and part of National Chambal Ghariyal Sanctuary (From Garadia Mahadev to Jawahar Sagar Dam) which constitutes the core area of MHTR
MHTR Eco-Sensitive Zone
In exercise of the powers conferred by various sections of the Environment (Protection) Act 1986 (29 of 1986) and rule 5 of the Environment (Protection) Rules, 1986, the Central Government has notified an area to an extent varying from 0 (zero) to 1.0 (one) kilometre around the boundary of Mukundara Hills Tiger Reserve, in Kota, Jhalawar, Bundi and Chittorgarh districts in the State of Rajasthan, as the MHTR Eco-sensitive Zone.
- 75 villages will come under the ESZ
- The area of the Eco-Sensitive Zone is 248.70 square kilometres.
- The State Government in consultation with local people prepare a Zonal Master Plan within a period of two years for the purposes of the Eco-sensitive Zone.
- A total of 8 activities including mining will be completely prohibited in ESZ, while 21 regulated and 11 promoted activities will be allowed.