While addressing the nation on the eve of Independence Day, the prime minister, Mr. Narendra Modi talked about Project Lion. Why does PM announce Project Lion? He has an agenda for renewable energy and the need to maintain a balance between development and the environment.
A special campaign is being worked out to reduce pollution in 100 selected cities with a holistic approach. The agenda comprises of a series of plans ranging from saving Gangetic dolphins and Asiatic lions along the lines of Project Tiger to making Ladakh carbon neutral and reducing pollution in 100 cities.
Why does PM announce Project Lion? Here are some key reasons. The government has taken a bold step to meet the aspirations of the people of Ladakh by making it a union territory as had been their demand for several years. There are plans for an underway for the creation of 7,500 MW solar park. Carbon neutrality means achieving a balance between emitting carbon and absorbing it from the atmosphere in carbon sinks. According to officials, Ladakh accounts for 0.1 percent of the country’s total emissions.
Post the success of projects like Project Tiger and Project Elephant, the tiger population has increased in India. In the coming days, the government is starting Project Lion for Asiatic lions. Hence, we get an answer – Why does PM announce Project Lion?
There was a 29 percent increase in the population of the Asiatic lions that live in Gujarat’s Gir forest, taking the number from 523 in 2015 to 674 in 2020. According to the 2018 tiger census, figures for which were released in 2019, India’s wild tiger population increased by over 30 percent in four years — 2,967 up from 2,226 four years ago.
Apart from Project Tiger, the prime minister also announced the launch of Project Dolphin aimed at the conservation of Gangetic river dolphins, declared the National Aquatic Animal in 2010. Hence we get a clear picture as to why does PM announce Project Lion?