How Fragile Andaman & Nicobar Islands Are Losing Their Green Protections
April 9, 2021
Photo: Harikrishnan Surendran
The Andaman and Nicobar archipelago hosts unique biodiversity & is home to several vulnerable tribal groups. The region is seismically active & prone to cyclones & extreme sea-level events
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Yet the government is pushing big ‘development’ projects
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A new trans-shipment port in Great Nicobar will help the locals, who will get jobs, say proponents of ongoing “development” projects
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But ecologically and ethnically fragile pockets of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands are being gradually stripped of protection for commercial interests
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Critics question this logic...
...and ask whether the plan will actually deliver growth. What the region needs is connectivity, electricity and water supply, they point out
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How do islanders and environmentalists feel about it?