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Former CM Mr Gogoi Opposes Coal Mining in Dehing Patkai Elephant Reserve

Coal News - Published on Thu, 21 May 2020

Image Source: Dehing Patkai Elephant Reserve
PTI reported that former Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to not allow coal mining inside the Dehing Patkai forest area, saying it will destroy its biodiversity and the region's ecological balance. Writing a letter to Modi, Gogoi also alleged that huge illegal coal mining is going on at Saleki proposed reserve forest, which is a part of Dehing Patkai Elephant Reserve, in connivance of local political leaders, police and district administration. He wrote "This area is very rich in biodiversity besides having various rare species of birds, butterfly, fish, animals, water bodies etc. Today the people of whole Assam are agitating for such a derogatory decision of Government of India and have been demanding for revocation of destructive decision. Allowing coal mining inside the Dehing Patkai forest will not only destroy its biodiversity but will also change the ecological balance, lead to pollution, flood and erosion in the near future.”

Leader of the Opposition Debabrata Saikia demanded the National Board of Wild Life to reconsider its decision to open the Saleki forest for mining activity in view of the justified misgivings expressed by a section of conscious citizens as well as students' organisations.

Dehing Patkai Wildlife Sanctuary is spread across 111.42 square meters, while the Dehing Patkai Elephant Reserve with 937 square meters of area is surrounding the sanctuary in its periphery across Dibrugarh and Tinsukia districts. The state government had notified Dehing Patkai Elephant Reserve in 2003 and in June 2004 this region was declared as Dehing Patkai Wildlife Sanctuary.

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Posted By : Yogender Pancholi on Thu, 21 May 2020
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