GUWHATI: Concerned over the matter of coal mining in Dehing Patkai Wildlife Sanctuary, the Gauhati University Eco Club has started a campaign digitally to create awareness and save the sanctuary from further damage.
The campaign has been started by Moi Prokriti, the Eco Club of Gauhati University Post Graduate Students' Union (GUPGSU). The union has urged the concerned people to take part in this campaign by writing #SaveDehingPatkai and to post it on social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Talking to The Sentinel, GUPGSU vice president Lakhyajit Das said, "The illegal Coal Mining inside Dehing Patkai has pushed the rainforest towards destruction. Our main objective is to save the rainforest and also the elephant reserve from further destruction. We feel the recent green signal given by the National Board for Wildlife (NBWL) to Coal India Limited for extraction of Coal from 98.59 hectares of land at Dehing Patkai in Saleki, which is an Elephant Reserve area, will completely destroy the sanctuary. It is the high time to raise our voice so that we can save our natural resources."
He added that in view of the current situation due to the lockdown, the Eco-Club has decided to raise voice against the issue of Coal Mining in Dehing Patkai wildlife sanctuary through social media to reach to more people. He said that the Eco-Club has been preparing posters, slogans and video to create awareness and soon after the lockdown is over they will initiate other steps for the campaign.