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Green concern over project in Bengal

If conservationists have their way, the state’s much-touted tourism project in Gajoldoba, 25kms from Siliguri, may face a green hurdle.

The proposed project site of over 200 acres is surrounded by the forests of Apalchand on east and Baikunthapur on west, which were to be notified as protected areas in 1995 when a clearance was granted to the lower Teesta Barrage project.

With the notification yet to be made, the members of the National Board of Wildlife have already pressured the state on this last March while giving a survey nod to the Sevoke-Rangpo rail link that will cut through another key protected area in North Bengal – the Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary.

Full report here Times of India


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