Moi Prokriti, an Eco-Club of Gauhati University has started an online campaign to protest against the decision of The National Board for Wildlife(NBWL) to permit CIL to carry out mining activities at the Saleki region of the Assam’s Dehing Pataki Wildlife Sanctuary which is also known as ‘The Amazon of the East’. This decision has raised the eyebrow of the common people as well as the students as this is a big threat to the environment. The members of the eco-club are trying to raise awareness about the issue and has started a ‘social media movement’.
The NBWL has permitted Coal India Limited to carry out extraction in 98.59 hectares of the rainforest’s land. The Saleki area where the mining has been permitted is an elephant reserve area.The homes of many endangered and rare species are facing great threat because of this move.
“Illegal mining which has been carried out at the Dehing-Patkai Wildlife Sanctuary for many years have has created a very bad impact on the flora and fauna of the rainforest. The decision of the NBWL to allow coal mining would completely destroy the sanctuary ,” Lakhyajit Das,Vice-President,Post-Graduate Students’ Union (PGSU) of Gauhati University and a member of the eco-club said in a statement.
“This decision would be a nail in the coffin for the destruction of the rainforest.Please post #SaveDehingPatkai in your social media accounts and join our campaign. Together we can save Dehing Patkai,” another member of the Eco-Club said in a statement.
The campaign has been running from 13th May and it is slowly getting more attention and more people are participating in it. The campaigners are using #SaveDehingPatkai in social media.
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