HC notice to Adani Group for mining land near Tiger Reserve
21 Apr 2009, 1618 hrs IST, PTI
NAGPUR: The Bombay High Court has issued a notice to Adani Group for mining coal in 1,750 hectares of land at Lohara village in Chandrapur district
closely located to buffer zone of Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve.
Adani has been alloted coal blocks there for its Tiroda (Bhandara) power plant.
A division bench of Bombay High Court here comprising of Justice Dilip Sinha and Justice Ashok Bhangale, yesterday decided to treat a letter it received from an environmental group as Public Interest Litigation (PIL) and directed the authorities to submit actual position.
The consul for petitioner Neeraj Khandewale contended that the 1,750 hectares of land situated at Lohara village, alloted for mining to Adani Group, was posing danger to the Tiger Reserve as the area has been declared as "critical tiger habitat" by the concerned authorities.
Tiger population is already dwindling and the mining project will further restrict free movement of wild animals in the tiger corridor across Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh, the petition alleged.
The mining activities will not only pose threat to the tiger population but also to the flora and fauna and would adversely affect free movement of wild animals in the area.
The High Court bench was informed that Chandrapur district was already facing air pollution from Cement factories and Thermal power plants.