Being chronically deficient in power, the Government of India launched an ambitious plan to establish a series of power plants to enhance generation capacity, under the Ultra Mega Power Projects (UMPP) programme. In this regard,

This recent report on illegal coal mines around Balphakram NP in Meghalaya prepared by Dr Asad Rahmani recommends immediate ban on all mining activity within the national park & demands strict regulation of all coal mines in Garo Hills

Ranging behaviour of the Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) was studied using radio telemetry in the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve had home ranges of over 500 sq km. These sizes are much larger than those defined by earlier studies. The study ranged across the three southern states of Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka.