The Indian congress president Sonia Gandhi wrote on Friday to Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar. She was expressing her concerns over the devastating impact of the Ken-Betwa river linkage project on the Panna Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh.
Sonia wrote, “Over the past decade Panna has been revived with great difficulty thanks to the dedicated efforts of the state government and the National Tiger Conservation Authority under your ministry. It is considered an outstanding example of translocation and successful breeding. It is now threatened by the river linking project and the state government’s open estimate is that around 40 per cent of the area of the PTR will be irretrievably damaged.”
Gandhi said around 18 lakh trees – a most valuable carbon sink – will be removed from the submergence area.
The full article was published by The Tribune India on April 9, 2021.