Cutting forests to erect YSR memorial?
- Cutting forests to erect YSR memorial?
G Arun Kumar, TNN 9 September 2009, 05:47am IST
HYDERABAD: The AP government’s hasty decision to construct a memorial
for YSR at the chopper crash site in Nallamala forests has wildlife
enthusiasts and environmentalists fuming as it’s a reserve forest and
also tiger country.
“The thought of a memorial in the middle of a tiger reserve is
absurd,” said forester Sarvottam Rao. It was on Monday that tourism
minister J Geetha Reddy announced that the crash site at
Pavurallagutta would be developed into a major tourist spot.
Spread across 9,500 sq km, the Nallamala forest is home to thousands
of endangered animals and birds, and any habitat disturbance will
result in “loss of animal corridor”. While the Srisailam tiger reserve
has an area of 3,540 sq km, the mishap site falls under
Gundlabrahmeshwaram wildlife sanctuary — a restricted area southwest
of the tiger reserve.
Since the mishap site is close to Byrluti range in Chintagundam in
Atmakur division — a core area in the Nallamala forests — any
construction, including roads, is banned as per the 1972 Wildlife Act.
“No one has a right to tamper with the Forest Act to build a memorial
for YSR or anybody. The law is clear on this,” environmentalist Siraj