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On 7th July, the division bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court issued a stay order on any kind of construction project in the catchment area of Khandari lake of Dumna until 2nd August.
National Environmental Engineering Research Institute, NEERI has been asked by the court to submit a report on the impacts of such projects on the Khandari reservoir.
Principal Secretary Urban Development, MP
Principal Secretary Forest Department, MP
Collector Jabalpur, MP
Jabalpur Municipal Corporation Commissioner, MP
Please declare the eco sensitive area of Dumna a National Park.
Look for alternative sites for the proposed projects
Why is this important?
Home to leopards, rich biodiversity and the Khandari lake – the Dumna forest ecosystem in Madhya Pradesh is currently facing a crisis of survival and needs your immediate attention.
One part of Dumna is the Dumna Nature Park – a forested area that is managed by the Jabalpur Municipal Corporation. This land is on a plateau, about 40 meters above Jabalpur town, and is also the catchment area for the Khandari Lake. Rainwater that falls in the forested area of Dumna feeds the Khandari Reservoir, which in turn provides 1/3 of the city’s drinking water.
It has come to our notice that the following projects are being proposed at Dumna:
Road widening which will require the felling of large trees (This is being heard in the honorable court of Madhya Pradesh to have minimal environmental damage)
An IPL level stadium which now has become a Green Sports Complex (40 Acres)
Offices for the Railways (40 Acres)
Land to Revenue Department for Residence (10 Acres)
Land to Lokayukta (5 Acres)
4/5 star hotels / resorts (10 Acres)
The Jabalpur Development Plan already recognizes Dumna as an eco-sensitive zone. The area has a rich history of over 150 years of conservation and is home to many native species of trees, shrubs, herbs, and grasses.
It boasts of diverse ecosystems - woodlands, grasslands and wetlands. It is home to nearly 2,000 deer-like cheetal, barking deer and the four-horned antelope. Dumna is also home to the jungle cat, Asiatic wild cat, wild boar and crocodile, to name only a few. More than 300 bird species, both migrant and resident, have been recorded here. Notably, Dumna also has a resident population of 9 leopards. It is important to note that so far, not a single case of human-wildlife conflict has been reported.
Given the eco-sensitive nature of this area, we demand to find alternative sites for these projects.
Development in this area will mean the felling of old trees, polluting of waterways and will lower quality of air in the city. It will also mean a devastating loss of an urban forest that has stood the test of time. The loss will be even greater for the wildlife that lives here, creating more conflict with humans.
Earlier, a tiger safari was being proposed at Dumna which was rejected by Central Zoo Authority. It is our urgent plea that alternative sites be found for the other proposed projects as well and that the eco-sensitive zone of Dumna remains a GREEN ZONE, where no construction can take place.
Sign the petition, join us and urge both the Jabalpur Municipal Corporation as well as the Madhya Pradesh State Government to co-operate in ensuring that Dumna is preserved for future generations as a point of pride in the history of the city and state.
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