By Our Correspondent
Agartala, December 18, 2017: The state government has postponed a project to develop 26 thousand acre of forest land Nonacherra reserve forest land under Mungiakami in Khowai district in the face of protests from indigenous forest dwellers who would be evicted by the move.
Tripura royal scion Pradyot Kishore Manikya Debbarma has welcomed the decision to postpone the project and said indigenous people can’t be taken lightly anymore.
“Hadn’t they dropped the idea now, we would have launched a movement that would have paralyzed their functioning”, Pradyot Manikya said this evening.
Asked about the issue, Additional DM and Collector of Khowai district Hirendra Debbarma confirmed reporters that the declaration to build Gumti Wildlife Sanctuary was kept in abeyance.
He, however, said that the decision was purely temporary.
The royal scion said in a previous letter to District Magistrate of Khowai district that the wildlife sanctuary project would evict hundreds of traditional indigenous forest dwellers.