Silent Valley

From Indpaedia
Jump to: navigation, search

This is a collection of newspaper articles selected for the excellence of their content.
You can help by converting it into an encyclopaedia-style entry,
deleting portions of the kind normally not used in encyclopaedia entries.
Please also put categories, paragraph indents, headings and sub-headings,
and combine this with other articles on exactly the same subject.

See examples and a tutorial.


The agitation

The Times of India

Jayashree Nandi 2013/06/05

In the 1970s, environmentalists made history. They stopped a Kerala government hydel project on Kunthipuza River that cuts through Silent Valley and sealed the Valley from development projects. The save-Silent Valley stir ended in 1983 and is an example of people’s resistance to environmentallydestructive projects. Herpetologist Romulus Whitekar was among the first to write of the valley’s richness and the need to protect it. “I was impressed with the sanctity of this undisturbed forest,” he recalls. M K Prasad, member, Kerala Sashthra Sahitya Parishad brought people together, inspired them to confront the authorities. “All political parties were for the project. We built a team of experts who wrote an environmental impact assessment which gave the pros and cons of the project and alternate proposals that’d benefit all.” It took more than a decade before then PM Indira Gandhi declared Silent Valley a protected area. People’s participation was the highlight of the movement, recalls ecologist Madhav Gadgil.

Personal tools
Namespaces

Variants
Actions