The Delhi High Court has asked the authorities to provide evidence that the planned ‘Walk with Wildlife’ event at the Asola Bhatti Wildlife Sanctuary complies with all applicable regulations. The court’s directive comes in response to concerns raised about the event’s potential impact on the sanctuary’s fragile ecosystem and resident wildlife.
The court expressed particular concern about the inclusion of a ‘cyclothon’ in the event, noting that the sanctuary is home to a variety of animals, including leopards, spotted deer, hyenas, and monitor lizards. The court questioned how the cyclothon could be conducted without causing disturbance or harm to these animals.
The authorities have been asked to submit a detailed plan for the event, outlining the measures that will be taken to mitigate its impact on the environment and wildlife. The court has also directed them to consult with experts in wildlife conservation to ensure that the event is conducted in a responsible manner.
The ‘Walk with Wildlife’ event is intended to raise awareness about the sanctuary’s flora and fauna. However, the court’s intervention highlights the importance of balancing conservation with public engagement initiatives. Ensuring that such events are conducted responsibly is crucial for preserving the delicate balance of ecosystems and protecting wildlife.