The news of the National Board for Wild Life (NBWL) recommending coal mining in a part of Dihing Patkai Reserve Forest, known to be an elephant reserve in Assam, has got sharp reaction from various environmentalist in there.
The NBWL’s Standing Committee had on April 7 discussed a proposal for use of 98.59 hectares of land from the Saleki proposed reserve forest land for a coal mining project by North-Easter Coal Field (NECF), a unit of Coal India Limited.
The NBWL is under the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC). The Hindu Reports.
Twittreatti has started campaigning online to protect the Elephant Reserve and stop coal mining. People from North East India ate trying to trend hashtag #SaveDihingPatkai in twitter. There are also many FAcebook updates for #SaveDihingPatkai.
It may be mentioned that, many celebrities came out in support of environmentalist who were opposing”tree cutting” at Aarey Area in Mumbai. No such activity has been witnessed for Dihing Patkai Reserve forest which could be vital for elephant herds living in that area of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.
Environmentalist complaints that there are also many illegal mining activities are going on which are more harmful for the forest.
While economic development is a requirement for the society, but there should be a sustainable approach.