The standing committee chaired by environment minister Prakash Javadekar decided to clear the irrigation project “to help the drought affected areas of Bundelkhand”.
It is utmost important to plan for proper water resource and reduce misuse of water and we support the inter linking of Rivers as well but not at the cost of Forest and Nature, no not at all.
We are talking of Green India and raising fund for the increase of Forest Land from 21% to 33%; fighting with opposition at Rajya Sabha for the Bill but at the same time signing to kill forest. We can not be the double standard people at core.
The expert committee constituted by the board has not submitted the site visit report.
The mighty Rs 10,000-crore project requires 5,258 hectare is of forest land, including 4,141 hectares of Panna Tiger Reserve for diversion.
Considering the impact of the project on the habitat and wildlife of Panna Tiger Reserve, the NBWL standing committee had decided in March 2016 that an expert committee of High level SMEs comprising of Dr Raman Sukumar, Dr H S Singh and a representative each from
the National Tiger Conservation Authority, the Wildlife Institute of India, the state government and the ministry of water resources would conduct a site visit and file a feasibility report within a month considering the impact on Nature and Tiger Reserve.
But Government found it not important and signed the affirmative note for the clearance of the project.
Already people connected with Tiger and nature stated raising the voice against the project and engulfment of the Forest and Tiger Land.