Following social media outrage against allowing coal mining at Dehing Patkai Wildlife Sanctuary, Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Wednesday directed environment & forests minister Parimal Suklabaidya to visit the sanctuary for taking stock of the ground situation.
Chief minister Sonowal said the Government of Assam is committed to protect the environment and biodiversity of the State and will not compromise with its stand in the name development initiatives.
“The government always underscored the need to sustain development in sync with its ecology,” Sonowal added.
He further said that the environment & forests minister during his visit to the area will conduct a field study of the present condition of the Wildlife Sanctuary and apprise the Government for the needful.
The students of Gauhati University launched an online campaign to stop coal mining in Dehing Patkai Wildlife Sanctuary.
Recently, the National Board for Wildlife (NBWL), permitted Coal India Limited to carry out extraction in 98.59 hectares of the rainforest’s land. Many fear that it will completely destroy Dehing Patkai, which is also known as ‘Amazon of the East.