June 27, 2012
Narcondam Island. Courtesy of Google Earth.
The Indian Coast Guard has proposed a radar facility and diesel power generation station on Narcondam, a three-kilometer-by-four-kilometer island in the Andaman and Nicobar Island group. The plan includes a clearing forest for a new road and increased human presence on the island. According to the conservation group, the project has "high potential for chronic and increased disturbance to this lushly forested island and its small hornbill population."
Narcondam Hornbill. Photo: Niranjan Sant
Conservation India is urging Jayanthi Natarajan, the Minister of State for Environment and Forests, to reject the proposal. The group is asking supporters to send letters to the minister, whose decision will determine the fate of the project.