NCR board allows tourism in eco zones

In what is being described by activists as an environmental disaster, the NCR Planning Board on Monday cleared crucial provisions to allow tourism in natural conservation zone (NCZ) such as Aravalis, Yamuna riverbed and areas around major water bodies, albeit setting a cap on the area that can be used for tourism. Activists say that this is the thin end of the wedge as, once allowed, there will never be a proper mechanism to measure that the cap is really being observed.

TOI has learnt that it was only Delhi’s Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung who raised questions whether the limit on construction in such zones in the name of tourism was diluting the very principle of protection to these sensitive ecological zones. When told that no construction would be allowed beyond 0.5% of the area falling under conservation zone, Jung said this must be stressed and put on records.

Full report here Times of India


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