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NGT forms panel to probe 'ravaging' of Yamuna ravines near Taj Mahal

Agra: The National Green Tribunal (NGT) constituted a joint committee to investigate the flattening of the eco-sensitive Yamuna ravines, around 800 meters away from the iconic Taj Mahal. 
The committee will comprise a representative each from the Union ministry of jal shakti, the regional office of the environment ministry, the Taj Trapezium Zone (TTZ) authority, and the state pollution control board. It will also include the district magistrate. The committee will take "remedial action in accordance with the law". The tribunal has sought a "factual and action-taken report" within two months.
NGT had taken on record a grievance filed by an Agra-based factor and environmentalist, Dr. Sharad Gupta, on the basis of a News report which described how earthmovers were being used to dig up the soil and level the land behind the Taj nature walk park. Locals claimed that large-scale "illegal soil mining" was taking place in the area. Environmentalists alleged that local authorities were trying to "systematically destroy" the ravines to help land sharks and builders.
Sources Discovered that no permission had been taken from the district administration and the TTZ authority to carry out the work in the eco-sensitive zone. TTZ is a defined area of 10,400 sq km around the Taj Mahal to protect the monument from pollution.
DFO Akhilesh Pandey had earlier said that he was "unaware" of the work being done in the area. City ranger Ramgopal Singh Chauhan claimed that the work was aimed at "conserving rainwater". The forest department stopped the work after the matter was followed in a section of the media.
The NGT order said: "Destruction of the forest ravines, which are the natural habitat of over 1,000 species of animals and plants, will lead to the devastation of the ecological chain... It will also harm the Taj Mahal. It would affect the original landscape in the vicinity of the Taj Mahal and restrict the flood plain zone of the Yamuna river in Agra."
Some vulnerable species that are dependent on ravines include Egyptian vultures, snakes, and lizards. Gupta, who had filed the complaint with the registrar general of NGT, said, "Work carried out by the forest department was in violation of the Wildlife Conservation Act, 1972, and the NGT orders to conserve the environment around the Taj  Mahal. Leveling of the ravines would bring destruction to the natural habitat." The panel will have to submit its report within two months. The next hearing is scheduled for August 3.

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