Dadra and Nagar Haveli regional plan challenged in SC

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New Delhi, Oct 16 (UNI) A former development officer with the Union Territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Deepak Jadhav, has filed a public interest litigation in the Supreme Court alleging that the Regional Plan 2007 for the Union Territory ''is a gross violation of the Right to Life.'' The Supreme Court has posted the hearing on the matter to October 26.

Dadra and Nagar Haveli town planner, chief secretary, chief wildlife warden, pollution control committee, chief of forests, and Union environment and forests secretary have been named as respondents.

Mr Jadhav alleged that the plan violated the Environment Protection Act, Forest Act, the Wildlife Protection Act and various judgments and orders of the apex court.

''The plan will destroy flora and fauna and impinge upon the rights of local residents secured under Article 21 of the Indian Constitution,'' he contended.

The petitioner said by allowing industrial activity within the ten km radius of wild life sanctuaries and reserved forest areas, the ecology of the region would be destroyed.

The petitioner prayed that the apex court quash the July 11 notification of the local administration to notify the Regional Plan 2007.


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