Despite a role of petitions filed at National Green Tribunal (NGT) on behalf of a number of environmental activists, hacking of Coringa mangrove forests near the Kakinada coast which is also a heritage site continued. Days after which, with oppositions joining hands with the battling activists, the campaign took traction on social media with hashtag #SaveMadaForest which is now trending on social media.
The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) national president Chandrababu Naidu on Tuesday took to media meet to object the state government’s move to encroach the Mada Forest under the disguise of providing housing for the poor. Stating that the destruction would directly destroy the livelihood of more than 54,000 fishermen and their families living in the region, the former Chief Minister came down heavily on the government for snubbing the UNO’s instructions as well.
The mangrove forests that were of immense significance for their bio and eco-diversity were being cleared against the lockdown norms announced by the Central government to arrest the spread of COVID-19, mentioned a petition filed by environmental activist Bolisetty Satyanarayana in Chennai.
The illegal felling of the ecologically sensitive mangroves in close proximity to the Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary was a threat to the protected area, and was a violation of the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972, too, the petitioner said.