By Rina Mukherji and Amar Naayak
The authors are freelance writer, Kolkata and Assistant Teacher, Searsole Junior Basic School, Burdwan, West Bengal, respectively. email@example.com
Notwithstanding existing legislation enacted by the West Bengal government to protect wetlands and water-bodies, wetlands in the State continue to be grabbed by realtors and industry.
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Where the eastern region is concerned, it is not just land, but the grabbing of wetlands that is a major concern. Densely populated, and facing a continuous influx of Bangladeshi infiltrators from across the international border, West Bengal is extremely short of land for its growing population. Situated along the downstream course of Himalayan rivers, this region is exposed to heavy siltation, which in course of time, causes navigable river channels to get clogged forever. This causes the formation of...