PANNA, MADHYA PRADESH:  The Centre’s project to link Ken and Betwa rivers has become a stage for a man-animal conflict in Madhya Pradesh’s Panna tiger reserve.

While both the Centre and the state government see this project as a solution to the water crisis in Bundelkhand region, activists are worried as over the prospect of 4,000 hectares of forest going under water inside the tiger reserve.

The Centre contends the river interlinking project will bring water to the drought-affected region. But activists say it will lead to irreparable loss that will impact tigers in the reserve.

“They can find other ways of providing water to people. This project will destroy the park and thousands of trees will be cut. We will be complaining to the national green tribunal,” says wildlife activist Ajay Dubey. Read more