Other States

Food park plan on Assam elephant corridor shelved

The plan for a mega food park in Assam’s Soniptur district has been shelved after a visit by a team of wildlife experts found 50% of its area was encroaching on a major elephant corridor.

Officials of the Forest Department’s Northern Assam Circle and representatives of the World Wide Fund for Nature-India surveyed the area on July 3 along with the proprietor of the firm that was allotted land a year ago in the district’s Na-Ali area.

“The objective of the field verification was to ensure the status of land use, area coverage in relation to elephant movement, and a proposed elephant corridor. The verification revealed that the land is part of a very actively used elephant passage and setting up industry will cause severe disturbance to the movement of elephants,” Chief Conservator of Forests Jatindra Sarma said.

The survey and a series of protests from local organisations made the proprietor decide to withdraw from the project. Accordingly, the power distribution corporation was asked to disconnect a high-tension connection for the food park.

Sonitpur district people have also been protesting against similar food parks set up by herbal majors such as Patanjali and Dabur.

Why you should pay for quality journalism - Click to know more

Recommended for you
This article is closed for comments.
Please Email the Editor

Printable version | Feb 22, 2020 6:59:20 PM | https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/other-states/food-park-plan-on-assam-elephant-corridor-shelved/article28355993.ece

Next Story