STOP THE PROPOSED TELLICHERRY - MYSORE RAILWAY LINE PASSING THROUGH 84KM OF FOREST LAND
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SUB: STOP PROPOSED TELLICHERRY - MYSORE RAILWAY LINE
We, Prasad Fans Association, Talap -Kannur is a group of animal rights activist in Kannur, Kerala and have been engaged in animal welfare activities since last few years.
Now we would like to draw your attention to the following:
Though the proposal for laying a new railway line from Tellicherry ( Kannur district, Kerala ) to Mysore ( Karnataka ) has been in the news for many years, the said proposal has been discussed and debated with vigour in the media only since last few months. The proposed railway line passes through nearly 84 km of thick forests covering 49 km in Kerala and 35 km in Karnataka , the line will be touching parts of the following wild life sanctuaries Kottiyoor , wayanad and Bandipur . This project is going to have serious ecological factors such as threat to endangered flora and fauna and sociological issues
The proposed railways line is passing through the forest belts of kannavam and periya and would destroy the rich repositories of biological diversity having large chunks of tropical evergreen forest. The area supported almost all species of animals found in the Western Ghats including elephants, bison, tiger, leopard, wild dog, langurs and deer.
The Kannavam-Periya tract is known as a rare habitat of King cobra. Endangered species such as Malabar Ebony, Kulavu, Chora Pine and Jathi are in abundance here. So is the case with the Chandanachola region. The Periya forest is also identified as one among the 18 Medicinal Plant Conservation Areas of the Western Ghats. This forest is the connecting link of the largest elephant reserve in South India from the MUDUMALAI-BANDIPUR-NILAMBUR tract to the Bramhagiri Hills of Karnataka. Once this forest is disturbed, the elephants will come down to human settlements of Nidumpoil and Edayar resulting in man-animal conflict in the zone. Podanur-Madukkarai Railway section, on the Coimbatore-Palakkad route had turned death traps for elephants.
The forest tract of the Western Ghats is a source of water for the rivers of north Kerala from Valapattanam to Mahe. More than three lakh people of Thalassery taluk depending on the Anjarakandi Puzha would be affected. Also, 1,000-odd tribal families belonging to the Kurichiyar community live in the Kannavam forests in 33 settlements. They will be lose their livelihood, culture and traditional forest rights,
A prominent project of the government on rail connectivity from north Kerala to Mysuru-Bengaluru is the Nilambur-Nanjangund line. Though this had been included in the Pink Book of Railways and ₹8 crore set apart for the detailed project report, the government has kept the project in abeyance following strong objection from the Karnataka Forest Department.
Instead, the government has opted to go ahead with the Thalassery-Mysuru line, the feasibility survey of which was also done by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), which has opined that this line is not viable. Currently from Kannur to Bangalore there is road connectivity (via Coorg ) and there is rail connectivity ( via Palakkad ). Almost 25 private luxury buses do services between Kannur and Bangalore. A new airport is coming up in Kannur and will be operational within few months
So considering all these factors we hope and pray that you would take necessary action in this regard to stop the railway line being laid so that the ever dwindling population of endangered and other species of wild life is preserved.
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