5 Jan 2023

No Tourism Activity At Sammed Shikharji; Govt Withdraws Earlier Notification

Ranchi: Reacting to protests by Jain community over designation of their main shrine Sammed Shikharji in Jharkhand as an eco tourism destination, the central government has halted all such activities in the larger Parasnath Hills sanctuary.

Tourism and eco-tourism activity shall be banned at Sammed Shikharji, a Jain pilgrimage site in Parasnath, Jharkhand. The central government on Thursday withdrew its order issued three years ago. In a notification issued on Thursday by the Union Environment Ministry, instructions have been given to ban all tourism and eco-tourism activities.

Monitoring committee formed

Apart from this, the central government has also formed a monitoring committee. This committee will monitor the Eco Sensitive Zone. The central government has directed the state to include two members from the Jain community and one member from the local tribal community on a permanent basis in this committee.

Environment Minister Bhupendra Yadav held a meeting with the representatives of Jain community in Delhi on Thursday. After this Yadav said- Jain society has been assured that PM Narendra Modi's government is committed to protect and preserve their rights at all the religious places of Jain society including Sammed Shikhar.

Central government notified in 2019

In 2019, the central government declared Sammed Shikhar as an eco-sensitive zone. After this, Jharkhand government issued a resolution letter declaring it a tourist destination on the recommendation of the district administration. Giridih district administration has also prepared a 250-page master plan to develop civic amenities.

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