The Maharashtra government made the ongoing man-animal conflict in the state even worst. It has agreed to divert 88 hectares of tiger-bearing forest to explosives company Solar Industries India Ltd (SIIL) in Chakdoh. The land is being given for manufacturing defense products.
26 humans have been killed in the last 10 months in Maharashtra as a result of the man-animal conflict. At such a time, the Forest Advisory Committee (FAC) has cleared 97.98 hectares of land to SIIL.
The 88 acre of land, which is a part of the 222-acre reserve and protected forest land in Chakdoh in Kondhali and Kalmeshwar ranges, costs over Rs. 100 crore at the current market rate.
This is not the first instance where the environment is being sacrificed by this government to please their capitalist friends. Earlier this year, 467 hectares of forest land having tigers was given to Reliance in Yavatmal district.
The survey reports by experts committee were conveniently ignored by the government. These reports opposed the transfer of land due to the presence of rich flora and fauna, including tigers and leopards. The reports also suggest that SIIL will resort to compensatory afforestation (CA) and will spend Rs. 7 crore on the same. It will also be installing artificial bird nests.
Honorary district warden Kundan Hate said that “Though the company is taking over rich land here, it is compensating 87.97-hectare land in Walwad in Ratnagiri. 18 hectares of it is not worth for plantation”
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