Bhopal: Observing that Ken-Betwa link project would pose a threat to tigers of the Panna National Park, Union Minister of Environment and Forests Jairam Ramesh has raised objections over two development projects in Bundelkhand.

Ken-Betwa link and Lalitpur-Singrauli rail line are the two projects that would suffer in the process.

On his visit to the national park, Ramesh said a line from Satna to Panna would be constructed as an alternative route.

Upset over Jairam’s decision, Khajuraho MP Jitendra Singh Bundela said on one hand the Central government is granting a special development package for Bundelkhand, on the other, it is stalling two projects that would prove to be lifelines for Bundelkhand.

Bundela asserted he would raise the issue in the monsoon session of Parliament.

The minister’s objection has also received protest from Railway Line Sangharsh Samiti demanding rail route in Panna area.

Meanwhile, Jairam informed that Centre has announced a provision of Rs 200 crore to the state government for ‘village relocation programme’.

JPN/Bureau