Hong Kong is being built in India, 10 lakh trees sacrificed for the dragon… This is how India will 'defeat' China in the Indian Ocean

Ananya Shroff
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Hong Kong is being built in India, 10 lakh trees sacrificed for the dragon… This is how India will 'defeat' China in the Indian Ocean

New Delhi: Do you remember the time of 26 December 2004, when an earthquake of 9.3 magnitude on the Richter scale struck the Great Nicobar region. This is where the most devastating tsunami in history started. 20 years ago, this tsunami hit 12 coastal countries, in which at least 2 lakh people were killed. In this area inhabited by beautiful coral reefs, the central government is now engaged in completing the mission of the Great Nicobar Project. Congress and environmentalists have expressed concern about this project. Let us know about this project, after the completion of which it is expected that a city like Hong Kong will develop in India too.

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What is Great Nicobar Project and its importance?

The Great Nicobar Project of the Central Government is a project worth Rs 72,000 crore. It is being built on the southernmost and largest part of the Nicobar Island. The Great Nicobar Island is located about 1,800 kilometers east of the mainland of India. It is being built in an area of ​​910 square kilometers in the Bay of Bengal. There is also Indira Point on this island, which is just 170 kilometers away from Indonesia's largest island Sumatra.

Ever since India started this project, China is extremely angry with it

When did it start and what do you want to become?

The Great Nicobar Island Project was launched by the Narendra Modi government in 2021. This mega project is to be built till the last tip of the Andaman-Nicobar Islands. It includes setting up a port for cargo ships, an international airport, a smart city and a 450 MW gas and solar power project.

On whose advice is this project being set up?

According to South Asian University professor Devnath Pathak, this project is being built on the basis of a report of the NITI Aayog, in which its outline has been prepared considering the importance of the Great Nicobar Island. It is being told that the area where this project is being built is at equal distance from Sri Lanka's capital Colombo, Malaysia's Port Klang and Singapore.

Andaman and Nicobar is made up of more than 800 islands

The Andaman-Nicobar Islands are made up of 836 small and big islands. It is divided into two parts. Andaman Island in the north and Nicobar Island in the south. There are two national parks and a biosphere reserve in Great Nicobar. Shompen, Onge, Andamanese and Nicobari tribes live here. Apart from this, some non-tribal population also lives here. Currently eight thousand people live on this island.

Why is this region strategically important?

Devnath Pathak says that through the Great Nicobar Project, India will be able to deploy additional military forces as well as warships, fighter planes and missiles in this region. Keeping its national security in mind, India will be able to keep an eye on the Indian Ocean from this entire region.

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Completion of this project can give India a strategic advantage in the Indian Ocean

It can also defeat China in the Pacific Ocean

This island is very close to the Strait of Malacca. This is the same strait through which ships can come and go between the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean. China already has a presence here, so if India completes this project in this area, it can thwart China's intentions.

Why is the dragon becoming a threat in this area

According to Professor Devnath Pathak, the Bay of Bengal and the Indian Ocean are areas that are strategically very important for India. China's People's Liberation Army and Navy are trying to increase their dominance in this entire region. In fact, China has increased its naval presence in every sea check point reaching India such as the Strait of Malacca, Sunda and Lambak Bay, which is a matter of great tension for India. Apart from this, China has built a military facility in Myanmar's Coco Island, which is just 55 kilometers away from the Andaman-Nicobar Islands.

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What are the risks of constructing this project on Great Nicobar Island?

It is being said that due to the construction of this project, about 10 lakh trees will be sacrificed, which can become a big environmental crisis there. Apart from this, the Shompen and Nicobari tribes, which are already facing the threat of extinction, are also facing the threat of extinction. Their number is in hundreds. The Shompen tribe still makes a living by hunting. It is very far from the modern world.

Is this a blatant violation of the law of the jungle?

This project is also being considered a blatant violation of the Forest Rights Act, 2006, under which the Shompen tribe is the real owner of the forests here. The population of this tribe is now only 300.

The island's environment is also at risk

It is believed that the construction of this project can cause a lot of damage to the environment of the island. The coral reefs which are its natural beauty can be destroyed. Also, the special Nicobar megapode bird and leatherback turtles which make their home in Galathea Bay can be endangered. Apart from this, the construction of this project can also increase the possibility of earthquakes.

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