MANDLA: Tiger corridors and its habitat around famous Kanha National Park is threatened by unabated mining of dolomite in Mandla district of Madhya Pradesh- located 466 km south-east of Bhopal. Mining has reached to areas about 0 meters from the forest limits in some cases, said sources.
Mandla has one of the best quality dolomite reserves in the country and several mining companies are active in the area. While the forest department wants immediate closure of nearly 60 mines operating in the region, administrative officials have turned a blind eye to the proposal terming that mining operations will continue till expiry of lease. Mining permissions were issued before the new forest conservation Act came into force, say officers in the mining department.