Land for steel plants endangers Daroji bear sanctuary

A Sloth Bear in Daroji Bear Sanctuary
Ramki Sreenivasan
The typical flora and fauna of Daroji mark the only sanctuary in the Hyderabad-Karnataka region. More than 120 sloth bears are found in this sanctuary.

BELLARY, Karnataka: Nature lovers and wildlife activists have expressed grave concern over the severe threat to “Karadidham”, Asia’s first and biggest sloth bear sanctuary, located near Hampi in Bellary district following allotment of land for steel plants.

“We are not against development and setting up of large-scale industries for value-addition to natural mineral wealth, particularly iron ore, in the district through the newly established Vijayanagar Area Development Authority (VADA). But our concern is for the severe threat posed to the bear sanctuary and the ecologically sensitive areas and also to the Hampi heritage site by setting up industries adjacent to the Daroji Bear Sanctuary,” Santosh Martin, honorary wildlife warden, told The Hindu.

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