Analysis of Wildlife Clearances 2019
Standing Committee of the NBWL considered a total of 156 proposals, out of which 68 proposals were for diversion within Wildlife Sanctuaries, National Parks and Conservation Reserves:
- A total of 481.56 hectares were diverted in Wildlife Sanctuaries, National Parks and Conservation Reserves; only one proposal was rejected.
- 87% of diversion is due to Linear projects (railways, roads, transmission lines, pipelines and tunnels)
- 324.89 hectares was approved for diversion within Tiger Habitats for projects such as linear projects, mining, and infrastructure development
- Not even a single proposal approved for diversion within National Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries is backed with reasons on how it benefits wildlife; this implies violation of Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972