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Dolphinarium in Sindhudurg

 

India Resists Calls To Cease Plans For Dolphinarium In Sindhudurg

Mumbai - Despite pressure from NGOs and even its own Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF), the Maharashtra state government is defending its plan for a new water theme park and dolphinarium to be built on the Arabian Sea coastline in Sindhudurg.

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The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), an American organisation, wrote to Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan on Thursday, urging him “to put a stop to the ill-conceived and reckless plan” of building a marine park in the coastal district of Sindhudurg.
 
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A delegation from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India met with Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan yesterday evening to present a letter from the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) objecting to plans to build a dolphin park in Sindhudurg.
 
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Mumbai: Mired in a controversy over the construction of a Shivaji statue in the Arabian Sea, the state government is taking no chances with its other future projects. The government is gearing up to start the land acquisition within the next six months for a dolphin and water theme park along the Arabian Sea coastline in Sindhudurg.
 
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MUMBAI: The government on Tuesday approved a plan to build a dolphin and water theme park along the Arabian Sea coastline in Sindhudurg. Chief minister Prithviraj Chavan has given an in-principle approval to the Rs 510- crore project that will be part of a plan to promote the 720-km-long coastline.
 
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Maharashtra’s highly ambitious ‘Sea World Project’ in Sindhudurg is now facing international opposition, with world famous environmentalist Richard O Barry, Director, Dolphin Project, urging CM Prithviraj Chavan to immediately suspend the Rs.5.10 billion marine-mammal park in the state.
 
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Following a directive from the Union Environment Ministry not to entertain the proposed Sea World project at Sindhudurg due to violation of Wildlife (Protection) Act 1972 , the state government has asked a Central government institute in Pune to address the concerns. The state government had also recently received a letter from dolphin expert Rick O’Barry, against the proposed project.
 
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Despite directives from the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) to “not entertain” the proposal for the construction of a dolphin park in Sindhudurg district, the State government is still strongly defending the Rs 510 crore project. Experts in Pune’s Science and Technology Park, a Central Government institute, have been asked to prepare a Detailed Project Report (DPR) to justify the State government’s plan. 
 
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The Humane Society International has requested the Maharashtra government in India to “reconsider the proposal” to erect dolphinariums along the coastline in Sindhudurg district, “as it would involve capturing dolphins from the wild,” the international animal welfare organization said.
 
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Despite directives from the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) “not to entertain” the proposal for a dolphin park in Sindhudurg district, the Maharashtra government is still strongly defending the Rs.510-crore project. Experts in Pune's Science and Technology Park, a Central government institute, have been asked to prepare a detailed project report (DPR) to justify the State government's plan.
 
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MUMBAI - International activists have slammed the Maharashtra government’s plans to set up an ambitious, Rs5.1 billion dolphinarium and thematic water park in Sindhudurg, describing it as a ‘regressive’ step, when many countries were shutting down such facilities.
 
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Found worldwide in tropical waters, dolphins are marine mammals closely related to porpoises and whales. Among the three, dolphins are known to be human-friendly with highly developed sound, communication and other abilities. They are also extremely intelligent – for example, they can distinguish between a real animal and its own mirror reflection
 
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