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Why the Western Ghats are known as Silent Valley?

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Asked by Siachen, 11 May '10 11:31 am
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The issue came up before the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, who had shown more interest in environmental matters than other political leaders before her. She appointed a Committee in 1980 to look into whether the Western Ghats as a whole were in danger of damage. The Committee pointed out that Silent Valley was the last remaining example of flora and fauna that had evolved to the fullest possible extent in a tropical rainforest, and was an ecosystem undisturbed by human interference. Were the dam to be built, the unique ecosystem might be irretrievably lost.
Answered by Dinesh Manaktala, 11 May '10 11:38 am

 
  
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Silent Valley National Park (Malayalam: ), (Core zone: 236.74 square kilometres (91 sq mi)) is located in the Nilgiri Hills,Palakkad District in Kerala, South India. The area in this national park was historically explored in 1847 by the botanist Robert Wight,[1] and is associated with Hindu legend.[2].

The park is one of the last undisturbed tracts of South Western Ghats montane rain forests and tropical moist evergreen forest in India. Contiguous with the proposed Karimpuzha National Park (225 km) to the north and Mukurthi National Park (78.46 km) to the north-east, it is the core of the Nilgiri International Biosphere Reserve (1,455.4 km), and is part of The Western Ghats World Heritage Site, Nilgiri Sub-Cluster (6,000+ km) under consideration by UNESCO.[3]

Plans for a hydroelectric project that threatened the parks high diversity of wildlife stimulated an environmentalist Social Movement in the 1970s called Save Silent Valley which resulted in cancellation of the project ...more
Answered by saranathan Narasimhan, 11 May '10 03:59 pm

 
  
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