The National Geographic Society rejects a petition to divert forest area for a road to the world's tallest Jain statue.

Mumbai activist challenged government order dividing 2.83 hectares of vacant forest land . The order was passed by the chief conservator of forests in Nashik district .

Pune: A Mumbai activist challenged a government order dividing 2.83 hectares of vacant forest land in the Satana taluka of Nashik district into the worlds tallest (108 feet) Jain statue of Tirthankara Rishabhdev has been accepted by the National Green Tribunal (NGT).Thousands of people go to Mangi-Tungi, one of the four siddha kshetras (sacred areas) for the Maha Mast The first abhishek was performed on February 18, 2016, according to appellant Ajay Gangadhar Puntambekar, who argued that the chief conservator of forests (CCF) had violated the Forest (Conservation) Act, 1980 by diverting the reserve forest land in favour of the statue committee and was attempting to legalize unauthorised road, structures, and encroachments by passing the government order, and that no reasons had been given for it.According to the appellant, CCF had discarded large debris left by the statue committee over the Mangi-Tungi hill slopes, which had destroyed a vast portion of the reserved forest, according to the bench.We are of the opinion that the present appeal is barred by limitation, the bench said in its order on May 13.

The appellant had cited the newspaper story as the reason for his removal from the courthouse on August 17, 2018, six months after the order was given.The petition was registered under section 16 of the NGT Act, which states that an appeal can be filed within 30 days of the order in which the appellant is alleged.Under special circumstances, the window may be extended by two months.Since both the parties accepted that the impugned order was issued on February 12, 2018, the judge ruled that the computation of limitation would begin from this date, not from the day the order was published in a journal.

According to attorney Saurabh Kulkarni, who spoke for the statue committee, the road is essential for pilgrims to get to the statue.After completing due diligence, the forest department granted permission to it.The district collectors office planned the road, but the statue committee had only a limited influence.