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Bullet Train over Flamingos

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12.02.2019

The Prime Minister, in his four years and 10 months tenure, has added many feathers to his cap.

The latest are the feathers of the flamingoes that are soon to depart, owing to the project for one of India’s first ‘bullet trains’ that the Prime Minister inaugurated with his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe in Ahmedabad in September 2017.

The project involves diverting over three hectares of forestland from the Thane Creek Flamingo Wildlife Sanctuary (TCF) and nearly 100 hectares of land close to the boundary of the forest’s protected area, according to the Minutes of the 52cnd Meeting of the Standing Committee of National Board for Wildlife document.

Flamingos in Mumbai tripled since October 2018, now at 1.2 lakh owing to the Thane Creek Flamingo Sanctuary. (Photo: Amarish A. Bhilare)

In the meeting — chaired by Union Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan — wildlife clearance has been accorded to the Mumbai-Ahmedabad high-speed train corridor that reportedly encroaches on the Thane Creek Flamingo Wildlife Sanctuary and the Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP) in Mumbai.

While the TCF is a flamingo-haven, the SGNP is home to........

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