Illegal sand and gravel mining in Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh, pose harm to one of the two known Indian winter habitats of black-necked cranes that fly in from Tibet at the end of every year.
According to a report on Scroll.in, local activists awaiting the return of the cranes this year have said that district authorities are refusing to take responsibility for the mining, which continues persistently, posing threats to the habitat of the bird classified as ‘vulnerable’ in the list of endangered species of the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
The cranes, which are known to nest in freshwater wetlands in high-altitude, usually arrive in Zemithang and Sangti, during November and December every year, and leave around February and March. They are yet to be seen this year.
General Secretary of a social movement called the Save Mon Region Federation, Lama Lobsang Gyatso, has appealed to Tawang’s Deputy Commissioner and divisional forest officer to stop the mining so that the site of the black-necked crane is not disturbed.