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Shri Edappadi K. Palaniswami

National Board for Wildlife

**Update**

 

1. The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has appointed a panel of experts to run a thorough investigation on whether the Sun Pharma facility close to the bird sanctuary is following proper pollution control mechanisms. This report is due for submission on September 1, 2020

 

2. In the first week of June, MoEFCC and the NBWL asked the Tamil Nady state govt for a report stating the reasons for allowing an industry to be set up so close to a bird sanctuary. While the state govt did submit a report on the 26th of June, the NBWL was unsatisfied with the response. Currently, the proposal is pending at the SBWL as  NBWL has raised an Essential Detail Sought (EDS)

 

Vedanthangal is a bird sanctuary in the Chengalpattu District of Tamil Nadu. During the migratory season, more than 40,000 birds breed here during winter. Vedanthangal is also home to several migratory birds such as pintail, garganey, grey wagtail, blue-winged teal, common sandpiper, and the like. About 190 species are seen here in total. It is the oldest water bird sanctuary in the country and has been protected by the local community.

 

Recently, the state wanted to clear nearly 40% of the sanctuary for commercial use and to legalize industries operating unlawfully inside. After much public outrage over this, they changed their proposal to have a 1km core zone, 2 km buffer zone, and 2 km Eco-sensitive zone. The sanctuary currently has a 5km core zone. The State Board for Wildlife has cleared the forest department’s proposal to redraw the boundary of the sanctuary. The proposal has been forwarded to the National Board for Wildlife (NBWL) for approval. This proposal dilutes the protection of the sanctuary and threatens the health of the local people and the wildlife here.

 

Jhatkaa.org in partnership with the Chennai Climate Action Group has created an email template addressed to the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu and the standing members of the NBWL asking them to maintain the status quo of its 5km core zone and take legal action on the industries operating unlawfully inside.

 

Send your email now and protest this move! 

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