New Delhi: The Environment Ministry has said no to a defence project in the Andamans after CNN-IBN reported how it would have threatened the existence of an endangered bird.
The Coast Guard was planning to construct a road and a diesel power station to set up a surveillance radar system. This meant the dense forests of the Narcondam island would have to go.
Environmentalists had pressed the alarm button as Narcondam island is the only place in the world where the Narcondam hornbill is found.
The Environment Ministry has now asked the defence ministry to look for other options. ...more
01:56 PM, Sep 06, 2012
New Delhi: The Narcondam Hornbill is found at only one place in the world - Narcondam, in the Andamans. The Nicobar Megapod, a wingless bird, is found in the Tillanchong Sanctuary, again in the Andamans. Both these birds and the fragile ecology of the Andamans are now facing a direct threat from proposals floated by the Coast Guard and the Indian Navy. The Navy wants to construct a structure for...
01:48 PM, Jul 16, 2012