Published: Wednesday 30 June 1999

To study the environmental significance of the Narayan Sarovar Wildlife Sanctuary in Kutch, the Supreme Court has ordered the setting up of a 10-member independent experts committee. The state assembly had denotified the sanctuary to 444.23 sq km from the earlier 765.79 sq km in August 1995, permitting Sanghi Cement Company to mine limestone and lignite. The order, issued on a special leave petition, asks the committee to submit a report in 10 weeks on the sanctuary and its "flora, funal, geomorphological and geological significance for the purpose of protecting, propagating and developing wildlife in its environment".

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