KERI: Due to deaths of several wild animals on the railway tracks passing through the Mollem national park, Anilkumar, the deputy conservator of forests, has written a letter to South-Western railw

Mines situated within this buffer zone should be closed in a phased manner, says Parrikar

Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said on Monday the State government will not allow any new mining leases up to 2 km of wildlife sanctuaries and national parks. The Chief Minister told presspersons on the sidelines of a function in the city on Monday: “Our view is that those mines situated between 100 metres to 1 km of the wildlife sanctuaries be closed in a phased manner over a period of 5 to 10 years.

PANJIM: Giving up its initial reluctance to include Goa region of Western Ghat in the World Heritage Site of UNESCO, Forest Department has finally admitted that Goa along with contiguous forests of Karnataka and Maharashtra, is one of the best potential tiger habitat in this bio-diversity hotspot.

It has been alleged that various governments were dragging their feet on declaration of Western Ghat region as sanctuary for ‘tiger reserve’ since it would lead to the closure of at least 40 mining leases, 20 of which are active.