The Ministry of Environment & Forests (MoEF) has rejected a proposal by the Indian Coast Guard to erect a RADAR installation on Narcondam Island in the Andamans.
The rejection followed a concerted conservation campaign that included scientists, NGOs and members of the public writing to the Minister of Environment & Forests pointing out the fragile nature of the island and the extreme rarity of the endemic Narcondam Hornbill. A few conservationists also took up the issue directly with the ministry.
Conservation India had launched a campaign in June 2012 which helped disseminate the issue prominently in the public domain. Many newspapers, magazines and TV channels publicized the issue.
Conservation India hails the decision of the Ministry of Environment & Forests. We actively encourage readers to send a mail (physical or electronic) to the Minister of Environment & Forests, Smt. Jayanthi Natarajan, appreciating the stand she has taken on this extremely important issue, at the address provided below:
Smt. Jayanthi Natarajan
Minister of State for Environment & Forests (Independent Charge)
Chairperson, Standing Committee of the National Board for Wildlife (NBWL)
Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India
Paryavaran Bhavan, CGO Complex, Lodi Road, New Delhi 110 003
Fax: +91 11 24362222
The ministry’s office memorandum is attached for download.