Telangana’s wildlife sanctuaries and tiger habitats are set to bear the brunt of the State’s fight against Left Wing Extremism (LWE). The State government has proposed to develop roads via Eturnagaram and Pranahita wildlife sanctuaries, and the tiger corridor connecting Kawal, Tadoba and Indravati tiger reserves, under the LWE affected category of the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY). While the road to be laid across Eturungaram wildlife sanctuary requires the diversion of 23.4 hectares of forest land, the one through Pranahita needs clearance of 16 hectares, and that along the tiger corridor warrants 18 hectares.
The government has contended that these roads would help provide better transportation facilities to villages in the region and prevent school-going children from becoming agricultural labourers. They would prove useful in ensuring smooth movement of security forces and heavy armed vehicles, and help connect remote villages with district headquarters. The government also said the new roads would provide residents in the region better access to medical, educational and other essential services.
The full article was published by New Indian Express on February 22, 2021.