Residents of Bindukhatta in Uttarakahand Oppose Elephant Corridor, Demand Revenue Village Status

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Elizabeth ManiLand Conflict Watch

Last updated on

December 3, 2019

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Human-Wildlife Conflict

Elephant Corridor



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Conservation and Forestry

Residents of Bindukhatta village in Nainital district in Uttarakhand are protesting against a proposed elephant corridor in their village. The state government had proposed an elephant corridor in 2018 to protect elephants in Bindukhatta forest. The residents fear that if the corridor is designated, at least one lakh people will be evacuated, and their houses and farms will be destroyed, although there has been no official confirmation of the evacuation. In 1985, they submitted a petition to the Uttarakhand government to make Bindukhatta a revenue village. However, in 2018, the government sent them a notice proposing an elephant corridor passing through their village. In December 2018, the village residents organised a signature campaign. At least 11,000 signatures were collected and sent to Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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Government of Uttarakhand, State forest department

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