Rajasthan High Court stay a breather for desert national park residents
The Rajasthan High Court has given a reprieve to thousands of residents of the core area of the desert national park (DNP) by restoring their land rights.Updated: Oct 29, 2017 18:42 IST
The Rajasthan High Court has given a reprieve to thousands of residents of the core area of the desert national park (DNP) by restoring their land rights.
Hearing a writ petition filed by a resident of the core area of the park on October 26, the court stayed the chief forest conservator’s order and restored the land right of park residents until disposal of the petition.
In 2011, following violation of DNP Act, the state chief forest conservator scrapped the land rights of park residents, depriving them from filling land mutation, land sale deed or getting agricultural electricity connection among others.
Seventy-two villages, including 53 in Jaisalmer district and 19 in Barmer fall under the park area that is spread across 3,182km.
In 1980, the state government issued a notification that restricted developmental activities within the core park area. A provision restricting developmental activities within the park area, however, was in place since 1980, but despite this, activities were carried out violating the norms, the government said.
In 2011, the then chief forest conservator had taken the matter seriously and to stop violation of the DNP Act, and issued a notification and scrapped the land rights of park residents.
Park residents, however, appealed to the state government to withdraw the notification but it was ignored.
Chug Singh, a resident of Girab village in Barmer that falls under the park area, challenged the notification in the high court.
Senior advocate Swaroop Singh Rathore, who is associated with the case, said it is big relief for DNP residents.
“The court has given them a breather and now they can not only have land rights but also can apply for electricity connections and construct structures,” he said.