This image was taken in the short grasslands of Solapur in 2010, showing a ‘city’ construction project taking place near the Great Indian Bustard Sanctuary. This picture depicts the unfortunate fate of a majority of dry, arid habitats in the country. Short grasslands in India are fast getting modified due to the expansion of agriculture and industry. Even though crop raiding species such as the Blackbuck (Antilope cervicapra) may seem to benefit slightly from agricultural expansion, such conversion of habitat by mega-development projects may leave little room for this graceful antelope in the long run.
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A very disturbing picture indeed of the lawlessness in encroaching the habitats of our endangered wildlife. The way the real estate & mining lobby are working the day is not far when buildings will come up in Core areas as well.