MoEFCC ‘no’ to skywalk project in Chikhaldara | Nagpur News – Times of India

Nagpur: The MoEFCC has rejected the Maharashtra government’s proposal to grant Stage-I forest clearance to the construction of the world’s first single cable rope suspension bridge (Skywalk) connecting Hurricane Point & Goreghat Point at Chikhaldara hill station.
The Rs 38.21-crore venture is being executed by City & Industrial Development Corporation of Maharashtra Limited (CIDCO) and plans to boost tourism. Though the project falls under the jurisdiction of the Chikhaldara Municipal Council, Amravati, it needs diversion of 0.9286 hectares of dense reserve forest land, equivalent to over two football fields.
The proposed forest land in the East Melghat division is part of the eco-sensitive zone (ESZ) and also the buffer area of the Melghat Tiger Reserve (MTR). On March 15, 2021, the state government sought forest clearance for the project under Section 2 of the Forest (Conservation) Act (FCA), 1980.
However, last month, the MoEFCC rejected the CIDCO proposal stating that it is…

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