Permalink: https://media.greenpeace.org/archive/Local-Population-near-Mahan-Forest-27MZIF34G7MU.htmlConceptually similarView of Essar Power Plant from Bandhaura VillageGP0STO6JJCompleted★★★★Girl at Bandhaura Village near Mahan ForestGP0STO6JKCompleted★★★★Girl at Bandhaura Village near Mahan ForestGP0STO6JLCompleted★★★★Girl at Bandhaura Village near Mahan ForestGP0STO6JMCompleted★★★★MSS Meeting at SuhiraGP0STO6IYCompleted★★★★MSS Member from Amelia VillageGP0STO6IZCompleted★★★★People in the Village of Suhira in IndiaGP0STO6J2Completed★★★★View of Essar Power Plant from Bandhaura VillageGP0STO6JICompleted★★★★Typical Home at Bandhaura Village near Mahan ForestGP0STO6JPCompleted★★★★View AllGP0STO6JNLocal Population near Mahan ForestMSS discussion at Bandhaura.One of the oldest sal forests of Asia - Mahan, Madhya Pradesh are facing the threat of an absolute wipe out. Giant corporations Essar and Hindalco are after the coal reserves below these forests.Over 14,190 lives and livelihoods are dependent on the Mahan forests, Madhya Pradesh. Their culture, community and lives are intertwined with the forests that the corporations threaten to destroy. Displacement from their natural habitat is going to be devastating for the indigenous community.Locations:Asia-India-Madhya Pradesh-Mahan Forest-Singrauli regionDate:5 Aug, 2013Credit:© Vivek M. / GreenpeaceMaximum size:1200px X 800pxKeywords:Agricultural land-Agriculture-Climate (campaign title)-Coal mining-Day-Essar Group-Farmers-Forests (campaign title)-KWCI (GPI)-Local population-Men-Outdoors-People-Power stations-Rural scenes-VillagesShoot:Mahan Forest Documentation in IndiaBillionaire corporations Essar & Hindalco, among India’s most powerful business families, have been given the green light by the Indian government earlier this year to dig up a new open cast coal mine in the Mahan forest in Madhya Pradesh, an unspoilt area home to tribal populations as well as endangered wildlife such as elephants, leopards, and possibly even tigers. What makes Mahan critical is its status as the last remaining patch of dense, unfragmented forest in the central Indian landscape. Wiping out this verdant forest teeming with wildlife will pave the way for the surrounding forests in the region to get the axe for profits.The forest clearance involved will have an impact on the 50,000-plus people from 54 villages depending on this forest for their livelihoods, and two whole villages face being razed to the ground and their inhabitants being relocated to the infamous ‘resettlement colonies’ – grim concrete blocks where villagers live in often squalid conditions.