Is Ken River a reserve or a sanctuary for the crocodiles?
The appellant filed an application under the Right to Information (RTI) Act with the Ministry of Environment & Forests (MoEF) seeking information relating to sand mining activities in the border areas of Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh and specifically about the threat such activities posed to the life of crocodiles in the Ken river. The Public Information Officer (PIO) provided some information.
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The Commission observed that the appellant had wanted to know if this particular river had been reserved as a sanctuary for the crocodiles and its effects on any kind of mining activity but the PIO had merely provided a copy of some guidelines on mining. The CIC directed the PIO to inform if this river has been declared as either a sanctuary or a reserved area for any particular species of crocodiles and if so the various consequences that would follow on various activities in and around this river including mining activities. The Commission also directed to provide copies of the available records or any available government notification or orders in this regard to the appellant.
Citation: Mr. Devandra Singh Munna v. Ministry of Environment & Forests in File No. CIC/SM/A/2012/001066
RTI Citation : RTIFI/2013/CIC/1063
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