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  • In India. the government has

    In India. the government has always been hostile to our environment and cultural heritage. Every politician is for sale and so are the policies which are drafted to suit the interests of a few. Every wildlife sanctuary in India has the same story. Why can't we leave the animals alone? There should be complete ban on resorts and any human activity inside the sanctuaries. Even jeep safaris badly affect the behavious of animals. Tourism should also be restricted. If things go on like this, there would not be any wildlife left. We talk about tigers alone but perhaps it is right time to realize that other wild animals which were a common sight once are fastly becoming extinct.

    Posted by: Anonymous | 8 years ago | Reply
  • Very Nice and Heart touching

    Very Nice and Heart touching Story... This shows the bitter truth of Wildlife Sanctuaries....

    Posted by: Anonymous | 8 years ago | Reply
  • Hi sambhav, Nice effort for

    Hi sambhav,

    Nice effort for the story. After this i realize that after some years wild animals will come in front of us as " O se Okhali " in nursary Pahara. we taught our children but actully we also never seen Okhali in our life.
    im dont know wht could i do for it ..but i promise to do some thing for it....!

    With best.
    Prashant Parmar

    Posted by: Anonymous | 8 years ago | Reply
  • Foriegn tourists come to

    Foriegn tourists come to India to see Tigers and birds - not ugly windmills and powerlines!!. The Indian authorities through corruption and incompetence seem determined to slay the Golden Goose:(

    Posted by: Anonymous | 8 years ago | Reply
  • i am from the patan and the

    i am from the patan and the whole land deal in new mahabaleshwar project is under direct supervision of NCP leader Mr. Patankar MLA

    Posted by: Anonymous | 8 years ago | Reply
  • Thanks Jitendra, I am trying

    Thanks Jitendra,
    I am trying to investigate the land deals. If you have any details, please do share with.

    Posted by: Anonymous | 8 years ago | Reply
  • Can somebody tell the names

    Can somebody tell the names of these wind energy companies?

    Posted by: Anonymous | 8 years ago | Reply
  • I really appriciate the

    I really appriciate the efforts of Mr. Nana Khamkar and the story writer... But can we have a look at other side of the story?
    The intention notification for Koyna Wildlife Sanctuary was declared in year 1985. thereafter in 1998, 2000 and 2002 the inquiry proceedings were conducted by the designated inquiry officers and the non-forest area from the Intention Notification was excluded from the sanctuary area as people from this area were resettled for 2 times first for building 'Koyna Dam' through which 40% of Maharashtra electricity is generated and second time when massive earthqueck took placein 1965. Till date the resettlement of people in the area is pending since 1952. Thereafter came the Sanctuary Declaration. Though the Inquiry Process has been completed, the Forest Department is not pushing the final declaration of Koyna Wildlife Sanctuary for want of funds. Since 1985 all the natives from the area, have uncertain future, no roads, no hospitals, no schools, no water pipelines, no electricity, nothing till 2002. So finally after exclusion of the non-forest area from the Notification people in the area started development. Nana Khambkar himself was one of the key role player as a PA to the Representative of Lok Sabha to bring the Wind Mills in the area. We can also provide the photographs to that effect.

    All the windmills, resorts and roads have come up in this excluded area from the proposed Protected Area. In the absence of which, people would have again shifted to the forest produce for their livelihood sources.

    The whole issue is pending before CEC and the High Court wherein Forest Department other than issuing noticies to the Natives, unable to show any offences. Forest Department is interested in getting funds rather than protecting forests and Nana is more interested in the resortes built by political rivals of his 'Aaka'. Unfortunetly he is not aware that the whole land on which resorts are standing is private land and to which 'No Objection' certificates have been issued by the 'Forest Department' way back in 1989.

    So no doubt the natives have till date protected the Sanctuary are and not the appointed 5 forest guards for 426 Sq. Km area. Even after facing continuous hardships, native people say they want Wild Life Sanctuary to come up as it is their wealth and livelihood. To conserve the area properly, the forest department and the government should understand the participatory mechanism and then only the real conservation can take place.

    We are regular readers of Down to Earth and true believers of its authentic research before coming up with an article. But in this case we are really disappointed and now feel that we should counter check the issues and opinions of the writers.


    Posted by: Anonymous | 8 years ago | Reply
  • Many a times article writes

    Many a times article writes are swayed to hear stories from one source and project what they hear as facts. I am a nature lover and have studied these areas well. While the need to protect tigers and other flora and fauna is mandatory, we cannot give in to some people calling themselves as friends of nature and carry on other interests. Let us do an analysis of this area. The villages and development to the east of the catchment area is the one under protest? then the fact is that there is no tiger or even any endangered ones existing these areas. Most of them after the dam was developed have migrated to the west of the catchment in early 1960s. The Govt when the dam was built shifted the villages which were getting submerged from the catchment areas to the east of the catchment as they were low density of forest and was closer to the inhabited areas of Satara town and other villages. Coming to the wind mills, one cannot generate power by keeping a wind mill on your backyards. You need to place them where wind power is available. The present location of wind mills were selected keeping in mind of these factors.
    Another claim of wildlife getting effected by development has to be addressed by population control. As the future requirement of land will be more with ever increasing population. This fight for land between forest and development will continue without controlling that.
    By highlighting the Tiger issue Nana want to win the heart of those who have never seen the area and the ground realities.
    Media persons are of hire/sale depending on what one wants. If you ask anyone of those who reported to provide proof they will fall back on those who made falls claim.
    I think responsible reporting is the basics for true information and wisdom sharing to public at large. Do not report untill one verify the ground realities.

    Posted by: Anonymous | 8 years ago | Reply
  • I am trying to investigate

    I am trying to investigate the land deals. If you have any details, please do share

    Posted by: Anonymous | 7 years ago | Reply
  • Great Article and also

    Great Article and also Helpful

    Posted by: Anonymous | 5 years ago | Reply
  • Unfortunately, Bhimashankar

    Unfortunately, Bhimashankar hills and reserve is also getting into the same league. Though its not a part of Sahyadri Tiger Project, its indeed a sublime forest and should have remained/maintained the way it was a couple of decades ago.

    Posted by: Anonymous | 4 years ago | Reply
  • what do the ten resort owners propose to show the tourists, the artificial windmills and their constant humming? do these people actually use their thinking abilities before venturing for something like this? if part of the area was proposed for tourism to reduce tourism pressure in Mahabaleshwar, then what is the point in driving away the tourist attractions i.e. the floral and faunal biodiversity, by permitting installation of windmills in the region? totally beats me. and how is the state government operating at its will and whim and selling the forest land, when the matter is of concurrent significance, given the fact that it is under project tiger? looks like the central government has turned a complete blind eye towards the matter or who knows may be they choose to consciously overlook the matter.

    Posted by: Pragati Suryawanshi | 2 years ago | Reply
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