Gujarat HC orders immediate shut down of 67 sandmining units in Gir Sanctuary: Update
The number of Asiatic lions in Gir sanctuary is on the rise. In the last five years the number of Asiatic lions there has risen by upto 22 percent and the number according to a latest survey stands at 500.
It is needless to say that it is a great news for animal lovers who were unhappy due to the dwindling number of the big cat across the country.
Now there is another great news to cheer. Gujarat HC has asked immediate shut down of as many as 67 sandmining units in Gir Sanctuary. It is needless to say that this step is also going to help in preserving Asiatic lions in the region.
The High Court gave the order on a PIL filed by Surat-based activists Rajkumar Sutaria. The court ordred the immediate closure of 67 sandmining activities which continued to operate even after the expiration of their leases in Gir forest. It is to be noticed that Gir sanctuary is the only abode of Asiatic Lions where census on lions went on till Wednesday.
It is needless to say that this judgment is going to set a benchmark in similar cases in the coming days. The judgment was delivered by panel consisting of two judges of the High Court,. The two judges include Justice Jayant Patel and Justice GB Shah. The plaintiff told the court that the lease period of 67 sandmining units have already expired back in 2014 and they continue to operate.