In view of the reported public opposition appeared on a section of media with regard to purported attempt of coal mining at Dehing Patkai Wildlife Sanctuary, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal today directed Environment & Forests Minister Parimal Suklabaidya to visit the sanctuary for taking stock of the ground situation there.
In a statement here today, the Chief Minister said that the Government of Assam is committed to protect the environment and biodiversity of the State and will not compromise with its stand in the name development initiatives. The government always underscored the need to sustain development in sync with its ecology.
He also said that the Environment & Forests Minister during his visit to the area will conduct a field study of the present condition of the Wildlife Sanctuary and apprise the Government for the needful.
All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) on Tuesday criticized the National Board for Wildlife move to permit Coal India Limited to carry out extraction in 98.59 hectares of the Dehing Patkai Wildlife Sanctuary and termed the move as unacceptable.
Lurin Jyoti Gogoi, general secretary, AASU said that the order for the coal extraction is a threat to the bio-diversity to the sanctuary. “A part of it is also an elephant reserve and by the extraction, the habitat will be at grave threat. By no means can this be ever accepted”, he added.
Lurin added that there are a huge number of mammals and birds in the forest and the government now seems to be putting them on the risk just because of making money.
Gogoi added that the AASU warns the government to take the step for mining back and refrain from activities that might deteriorate the environment in Assam.
Postgraduate Students’ Union (PGSU) of Gauhati University said, “Illegal mining has already damaged the rainforest. Recently, NBWL has permitted Coal India Limited to start extraction in 98.59 hectares of land at Dehing Patkai in Saleki– an Elephant Reserve area. It will completely destroy the Sanctuary.”
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