Mangalore, Sep 11, 2014: The National Environment Care Federation has seriously taken to task the elected representatives for opposing ’Project Tiger’ and demanded that the Environment and Forest Ministry to implement the project in its original form.
The Federation organised a protest demanding the government to implement various proposed environment projects, in front of the DK DC’s office on September 10.
Federation Secretary Herikudru Shashidhar Shetty said that elected representatives who are supposed to convince people about the necessity of implementing the project, are working contrarily and raised their voice against the project and demanded that it be rectified.
“Project Tiger is only symbolic. In reality, implementation of the project will help to protect other wild animals too. It is not right on the part of MP Nalin Kumar Kateel, Karkala MLA Sunil Kumar to oppose the project. It is unfortunate that elected representatives are not responding to the need for protecting wild animals in their anxiety to corner votes. General public have remained mute and not raised objection to the Project Tiger and wood smugglers are misleading the elected representatives,” Shashidhar Shetty alleged.
Shetty, demanding the implementation of Madhav Gadgil Report on Western Ghats, said that the area of Western Ghats according to Gadgil report is 1.20 lakh hectare, whereas, in Kasturirangan report, it has been reduced to 60,000 hectares. The wood smugglers lobby is playing a major role in preventing the implementation of environment projects. No efforts are made to prevent smuggling, he said.
Some of the other demands of the protesters include, rehabilitation of the reserved forest dwellers, form a study team to protect and preserve flora and fauna in Western Ghats that are on the verge of extinct, not to denotify Gomala land, drop Yettinahole project, prevent quarrying in reserve forest area and opening of resorts in forests, ban trekking in reserve forest etc.
Students of Swaroopa Adhyayana Kendra participated in the protest painted and made up resembling tigers. A memorandum was submitted to the union and state environment ministers through the DC.