Saravanan filed a recent PIL, in Madras High Court in which he made a plea to remove the invasive trees, like wattle and eucalyptus, which cover 22000 hectares of the Shola grasslands. He asserted that these fast-growing trees cover massive regions of the shola forests, leaving very little floor space which causes great inconvenience to the movement of the wildlife and leads to the drying of the water channels. Another PIL is filed by S. Sudalaikannu of Tirunelveli seeking orders from the High Court to preserve the Kalakkad-Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve and stopping quarry constructions within 10 kms of the reserve forests. The Court has sought help from the Deputy Directors of the Forests, who in their previous counter-affidavit agreed that construction within the 10 kms is against the Wildlife Protection Act,1972. Also, S. Pandi of Theni complained of the reckless felling of the trees in the Meghamalai forest range. Nearly 300 trees were cut down for the construction of roads. In his PIL, he pleaded for the restoration of the forests and inquiry against the forest officials on their inaction. The judgment of this case is yet to come. All these cases showcase human interference with the forests of the Western Ghats which has tried to change the flora and the fauna of the region.
Tags : #India#Environment#PIL