New Delhi: ONGC’s plans for oil exploration in a national park in Rajasthan has hit a road block with the government deciding to carry out a detailed environmental impact study before granting approval.
The PSU along with an Italian firm had proposed to carry out seismic survey in the three zones of Desert National Park spread over an area of 3162 sq kms and set up in 1980 for exploring oil in the region. It is already carrying out oil exploration activities outside the park.
Park’s Northern portion (765 sq. kms) was to be explored by Focus Energy Limited, middle portion (400 sq. kms) by ONGC and Southern portion by an Italian firm ENI.
However, noting that the techniques used by the companies would have negative impact on the vegetation of the national park, National Board of Wildlife of the environment ministry at a meeting recently decided to conduct a detailed scientific study to find out the impact it would have on the wildlife species in and around park.
Another concern was impact of strong vibration on the burrow dwelling animals such as Spiny-tailed Lizard, Jerbils, Lizards Snakes etc. found in abundance in the region.
The Board’s rejection came after a site inspection by one of its members, Asad Rehmani.