Sariska Tiger Reserve: Supreme Court Orders Mine Closures

The Supreme Court of India has ordered the closure of 68 mines located within one kilometer of the Sariska Tiger Reserve in Rajasthan to protect the tiger habitat. This decision enforces the Wildlife Protection Act of 1972 and the Environment Protection Act of 1986, aiming to curb illegal mining activities that have persisted since the 1990s. Despite earlier interventions and the establishment of safety zones, issues such as boundary demarcation and local community concerns have posed challenges. The court’s latest ruling reinforces conservation laws and underscores the significance of preserving the reserve’s biodiversity.

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