Amendment in the final notification of eco-sensitive zone around Sukhna wildlife sanctuary in the state of Haryana

The Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change has finally issued a draft notification demarcating area from 1 km to 2.035 km around the Sukhna Wildlife Sanctuary as an eco-sensitive zone (ESZ) on the Haryana side in Panchkula district. In February, the Haryana Government had sent a proposal to the ministry that area of 1,000 metres around the sanctuary on the Haryana side be delineated as an ESZ. According to the notification, the ESZ in general extends up to 1,000 m from the boundary of the sanctuary on the Haryana side. It is further extended to 2 km in the reserved forest on the northern side. On the eastern side, the ESZ boundary is mostly 1,000 m, running along the boundary of the reserved forest. However, it is extended on the south-eastern side to make it co-terminus with the boundary of the reserved forest. The total area of the ESZ is 24.60 sq km.