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Copters ferrying pilgrims to Kedar violating norms?

Dehradun: As many as nine helicopter service firms are ferrying pilgrims to the Kedarnath shrine, making several trips every day. In some cases, choppers are being flown at a low altitude to save fuel as well as ferry pilgrims faster, as per frontline forest teams who reported the issue to higher authorities. A letter written by the DFO of KWLS, Inder Singh Negi, to the UCADA on June 6, says, "On June 3, at around 2:20 pm, a red and white helicopter in the Chopta area was ferrying pilgrims at an extremely low altitude, violating NGT directives and Wildlife Protection Act. The wildlife was adversely impacted as a result," 
Forest dept mulling action against helicopter services firms
Similar violations have been observed by the helicopters that are ferrying pilgrims to the Badrinath shrine. 
Negi said that a complaint will be registered against helicopter companies and pilots for violating NGT directions under section 27(4) (testing or molesting any wild animals) of the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972, and relevant sections of the Wildlife (Protection) Amendment Act, 2006.
Meanwhile, returnees from the Kedarnath shrine told, "Helicopters on a sunny day take off every 10 minutes. There is a race to acquire more customers and make quick money, disregarding the eco-sensitive zone's flora and fauna."
As per estimates, almost one helicopter every 10 minutes hovers over KWLS, which is home to some of the most sensitive wildlife such as alpine musk deer, snow leopard, Himalayan Thar, Himalayan Griffon, and Himalayan brown bears.
Forest officials say that these norms were flouted on the routes starting from Gopeshwar and Ukhimath, where traditionally such problems did not arise. This had been reported as similar violations in 2020 as well.

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