Maharashtra minister Vijay Wadettiwar on Wednesday said that the state government would oppose the Centre’s proposal to conduct coal mining near Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve (TATR) in Chandrapur district, as it would “destroy” the habitat of tigers. Bander coal block, located close to TATR, is one of the 41 mining sites in the country for which the Centre has invited bids for an auction.
According to the forest department, the Bander coal block falls in Chimur tehsil under Bramhapuri forest division. It is located very adjacent to the buffer zone boundary of the TATR.
Addressing a press conference here, Wadettiwar, who is Minister for Relief and Rehabilitation, said, “The state government will definitely oppose the proposed mining of Bander coal mine listed in the Central government’s e- auction.”
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had launched the auction process of 41 coal blocks for commercial mining last week.