Brazil government will build a highway through the middle of the Amazon forest, fears of cutting millions of trees

Brazil government will build a highway through the middle of the Amazon forest, fears of cutting millions of trees
  • Due to the highway, the cutting of trees will increase in the Amazon forest of Brazil
  • Environmentalists are calling this project fatal in the Amazon

brasilia, The Brazilian government has approved the construction of a highway through the Amazon rainforest, one of the world’s densest forests. Amidst increasing deforestation, this step of the government can be a fatal step for the largest rainforest.

Brazil’s environmental authority has issued a preliminary permit on Thursday to allow a long highway through the middle of the Amazon. Highway BR 319 (High Way BR-319) will connect the Amazon city of Manaus to the rest of Brazil throughout the year.

Infrastructure Minister Marcelo Sampaio announced the permit on Twitter, posting an image of a license from environmental agency Ibama. Currently, the initial license will allow the government to award contracts to companies to build the largest middle section of the road. Contractors will draw up the plans, but a second permit will be needed to start construction.

President Jair Bolsonaro promised
The country’s President Jair Bolsonaro had promised to build this highway during the election days. In fact, due to heavy rains and the humid climate of the forest, an already existing road had turned into a swamp, due to which Manaus remains cut off from many parts of the country for several months.

The road was originally built by the Brazilian military dictatorship government in the 1970s. Most of the route remains muddy during the rainy season of about 6 months.

The cutting of trees will increase from the highway
With the construction of this new highway, illegal loggers and land grabbers will have easy access to remote and relatively untouched areas of the forest.

According to a study, this project will result in a five-fold increase in deforestation by 2030, which is equivalent to an area larger than the US state of Florida.

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