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Monday June 09, 2014 ADANI, MINING, TIGER, INDIA, MAHARASHTRA  
Stop Adani from Mining to Save the Tigers, campaigners appeal the CM of Maharashtra  

"Tigers are at the top of the food chain and help check the growth of other animal populations that could ravage vegetation. They also depend on the same clean air and water that help the survival of forest communities. Healthy tiger populations are a sign of a strong and healthy India. So, any threat to tiger must be considered to be a direct threat to the environment and total ecological system."

 

HNF Correspondent

 
 

It was good news that big cat population increased in the State of Maharashtra and the trend was on as well. But proposed mining activities by a mega power company has now emerged as a biggest threat to one of their forest homes and, so, to the tigers as well.

Adani Power Limited, which was denied mining permission three years ago, has just come right back after being told by the Coal Minister in Delhi to re-apply for the same. As corporate lobby has a strong grip over the ruling class and ministerial administration in India, it may not take long time to allow the company to do mining in the forests to feed with adequate amount of coal to its power plants.

 

As it seems, the clock is ticking for Maharashtra's tigers and, now, Maharashtra’s Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan, who pledged in March last to do everything to protect the tiger, could be the only person standing between the tigers and the miners. But, so far, he stands silent in this case and is likely to ignore the issue even though the issue has already raised huge public outcry.

Campaigners have started building pressure on Maharashtra Government and, particularly, on Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan. In a campaign release, AVAAZ has made appeal to the common people to urgently turn the heat on the Chief MInister to hold him accountable and save the forests from Adani’s mining threat. A special signature campaign is on to gather at least 30,000 signatures after which AVAAZ, I association NDTV, will go with cameras to ask Prithviraj Chavan publicly to keep his words and save the tigers.

Noted environment campaigner Greenpeace has also started its own campaign in protection of the tigers and elephants threatened by large-scale coal mining driven by huge power need.

While tiger numbers have increased in some parts, tigers continue to remain seriously threatened in India. At the turn of the 20th century there were said to be over 100,000 tigers. Those numbers have dropped by more than 95% with only around 1,700 animals left today in the wild. Poaching and mining operations could permanently wipe out this majestic animal if country, government and people as well, don’t remain vigilant.

It is often argued that the survival of the tiger has to be balanced against development needs. But it’s a false choice. Tigers are at the top of the food chain and help check the growth of other animal populations that could ravage vegetation. They also depend on the same clean air and water that help the survival of forest communities. Healthy tiger populations are a sign of a strong and healthy India. So, any threat to tiger must be considered to be a direct threat to the environment and total ecological system.

 
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