NGT forms panel to ascertain environmental damage by illegal road built inside Nainital bird reserve

Updated: Sep 26 2023 5:24AM

New Delhi, Sep 25 (PTI) The National Green Tribunal has formed a panel to ascertain the extent of damage to the environment caused by private hotel owners who allegedly constructed a road by flouting the rules in the Naina Devi Himalayan Bird Conservation Reserve in Uttarakhand's Nainital district.

The green panel was hearing a petition, which alleged that several hotel owners, in collusion with forest department officials, constructed a road inside the reserve in the Budh-Pangot area in 2017.

Widening of the road continued till December 2022, it alleged.