A Uttarakhand High Court Bench of Chief Justice Vipin Sanghi and Justice RC Khulbe has directed a stone crusher to halt its operations in an eco-sensitive zone. It has directed the National Wild Life Board to inspect and decide whether stone crushers can be installed in the eco-sensitive zone within a period of three months.

Counsel Dushyant Mainali and Counsel VK Shukla appeared for the Petitioner, while ASG Rakesh Thapliyal appeared for the Respondents.

This judgment was in response to a Public Interest Litigation that contended that the stone-crusher did not meet the criteria set by the Pollution Control Board, as it is installed at an aerial distance of only 6.5 km from the Rajaji National Park.

The Petition argued that as per a Supreme Court guideline, no stone crusher could be established within a 10 km aerial distance of the National Park.

Cause Title: Devendra Singh Adhikari v. State of Uttarakhand & others

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With PTI Inputs