Restrictions being imposed in areas with potential of integration with Panna Tiger Reserve in lieu of loss due to Ken-Betwa Project

 

A proposal for stone mining in lease area of 4 ha (private land) in village Ghoora, Tehsil-Rajnagar, Dist. Chhatarpur, Madhya Pradesh, falling 6.67 km away from Panna Tiger Reserve has been rejected by the 42nd Meeting of the Standing Committee of National Board for Wildlife (NBWL) held on 15th May 2017.

This is in spite of the fact that the representative of CWLW, Madhya Pradesh mentioned that mining area is a private land and does not form part of any corridor.

The minutes of the meeting indicate that Dr. R. Sukumar, member, mentioned that no mining should be permitted in the areas proposed to be added to Panna Tiger Reserve in lieu of the diverted area for Ken-Betwa River linking project. The Committee consisting of representatives from NTCA and WII had conducted the site inspection and concluded that the project cannot be permitted.

 

Pushp Jain

EIA Resource and Response Centre (ERC)

New Delhi. India