Supreme Court strict in Uttarakhand Forest Fire case, hearing to be held on May 15

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The Uttarakhand government provided an update to the Supreme Court on Wednesday about its efforts to prevent massive forest fires, revealing that only 0.1 per cent of the state’s wildlife area was affected by the fires.

The Supreme Court has fixed a hearing on May 15 regarding the incident of fire in the forests of Uttarakhand. During the hearing, the Court directed the Uttarakhand government and the petitioners to submit their report to the Central Empowered Committee (CEC) for evaluation and opinion. In its direction, the Supreme Court directed both the Uttarakhand government and the petitioners related to the case to share their respective reports with the Central Empowered Committee (CEC). The move is aimed at facilitating a comprehensive assessment of the incident. The Uttarakhand government provided an update to the Supreme Court on Wednesday about its efforts to prevent massive forest fires, revealing that only 0.1 per cent of the state’s wildlife area was affected by the fires.

The matter was brought before the bench of Justice BR Gavai and Justice Sandeep Mehta. A lawyer seeking to join the case highlighted that about 44 per cent of forests are burning in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand, shockingly revealing that 90 per cent of these fires are due to human activity. The lawyer said, I am telling your lordship something which is shocking. All this carbon is blowing everywhere. The biggest shock is that 90 percent of it is man-made. Today’s report is also absolutely sad. The bench asked that 44 percent (forest) of Kumaon is burning. You said that 44 percent is in the grip of fire? The lawyer confirmed the presence of dense pine trees dominating the landscape of the area.

The representative of Uttarakhand requested permission to present a status report on the current situation. During the 2019 hearing, the top court took note of the serious issue of forest fires in hilly areas, especially during summers, attributing it to the large presence of pine trees in most areas for their high flammability. Are known.

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