Cancel Denotification of the Shivalik Elephant Reserve

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The Uttarakhand State Wildlife Board has decided to denotify the Shivalik Elephant Reserve, paving the way for expansion of the Jolly Grant airport. 

The decision was taken at the 16th meeting of the board chaired by Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat on Nov 24, 2020. 

The withdrawal of the 2002 notification on Shivalik Elephant Reserve will pave the way for increased development activities in an area spread over 5405 square km including the expansion of Dehradun’s Jolly Grant airport, Chief Wildlife Warden, J S Suhag, said in an article by The Hindu

An article on The Wire also mentions that the airport expansion also requires the felling of 10,000 trees.

Social Development for Communities Foundation has shared some shocking statistics regarding the elephant population in Uttarakhand on their Twitter page.

We strongly urge the Uttarakhand government and Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat to cancel this denotification in an effort to safeguard wildlife spaces. We cannot allow any more human activity to encroach on lands preserved for wildlife. We encourage the Uttarakhand government to protect the Shivalik Elephant Reserve and find solutions where wildlife and humans can coexist.