Items of Work handled

Items of Work handled

  • Screening and technical evaluation of proposals received from the concerned State Governments and/or Wildlife division regarding declaration of Eco-Sensitive Zone around protected areas.
  • Preparation of Draft and Final Eco-Sensitive Zone Notifications around National Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries.
  • Western Ghats Eco-Sensitive Area (ESA) notification(Draft) covering an area of 56825 sq km in the State of Goa, Maharasahtra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat and Kerala.
  • Convening the Eco-Sensitive Zone Expert Committee meetings from time to time for appraisal of proposals received from the State Governments.
  •  Correspondence with the State/UT Governments related to the ESZ proposals and matters connected thereof.
  • Grants-in aid to Dahanu Taluka Environment Protection Authority, Mumbai through PL Division for protection and conservation of Dahanu Taluka.
  • Parliamentary Matter.
  • PMO/VIP/Miscellaneous references, Public grievances/Petitions received from public/voluntary organizations and miscellaneous organizations.
  • Right to Information Act, 2005 pertaining to Eco-Sensitive Zones/Areas.
  • Meetings/co-ordination with other Divisions/Ministries/Departments on the issues related to the Notifying Eco-Sensitive Zones around the Protected Areas.

Status of ESZ Notifications:

A total of 664 Protected Areas as ESZ Notifications (Draft & Final) are required to be published in the Gazette of India. Out of these, presently ESZ proposals for 596 PAs have been received in ESZ Division for publishing of notification and Draft Notifications have been published for 132 PAs and Final Notifications have been published for 442 PAs. The State wise details of protected areas are as follows:

Sl. No. State Total no. of PAs  

PAs  received

Notifications Issued
Draft (Covering the PAs) Final (Covering the PAs) Total no. of PAs covered in Notifications
1 Andhra Pradesh 16 13 3 10 13
2 Andaman & Nicobar 105 103 1 102 103
3 Arunachal Pradesh 13 10 6 4 10
4 Assam 24 16 7 6 13
5 Bihar 13 12 3 9 12
6 Chhattisgarh 14 11 6 4 10
7 Chandigarh 2 2 0 2 2
8 Dadra Nagar Haveli 1 1 0 1 1
9 Daman & Diu 1 0 0 0 0
10 Delhi 1 1 0 1 1
11 Goa 7 7 0 7 7
12 Gujarat 27 27 5 22 27
13 Haryana 11 10 1 9 10
14 Himachal Pradesh 34 34 24 10 34
15 Jammu & Kashmir 20 15 11 4 15
16 Jharkhand 12 12 0 12 12
17 Karnataka 35 34 6 28 34
18 Kerala 23 23 22 1 23
19 Lakshadweep 1 1 0 0 0
20 Madhya Pradesh 35 33 2 30 32
21 Maharashtra 54 49 2 42 44
22 Manipur 8 7 0 6 6
23 Meghalaya 6 6 2 2 4
24 Mizoram 10 10 1 7 8
25 Nagaland 4 1 0 0 0
26 Odisha 21 19 6 13 19
27 Punjab 14 14 0 13 13
28 Pondicherry 1 0 0 0 0
29 Rajasthan 30 24 10 16 26
30 Sikkim 8 8 0 8 8
31 Tamil Nadu 35 30 0 26 26
32 Telangana 12 12 6 6 12
33 Tripura 6 6 0 6 6
34 Uttar Pradesh 26 20 1 19 20
35 Uttarakhand 13 10 5 3 8
36 West Bengal 21 15 1 13 14
Total 664 596 131 442 573