Plans to relocate crocs near world's tallest statue trigger concern

Crocodiles are being captured from the ponds near the 182m statue of India's Independence Day leader Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.
Crocodiles are being captured from the ponds near the 182m statue of India's Independence Day leader Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

A plan to relocate crocodiles near the Statue of Unity, the world's tallest statue, has enraged environmentalists and raised concerns for the safety of the endangered animals.

Forest authorities have started capturing crocodiles from two ponds adjacent to the 182m statue of India's first deputy prime minister and Independence Day leader Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, in Gujarat.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 01, 2019, with the headline 'Plans to relocate crocs near world's tallest statue trigger concern'. Print Edition | Subscribe