India, June 9 -- A diamond mine in Madhya Pradesh's Buxwaha region will involve felling of at least 200,000 trees, and diversion of 382 ha of forest land, if permitted by the Union environment ministry.

According to documents available on environment ministry's Parivesh website, mining in the Bunder diamond block will lead to loss of ecosystem services and habitat fragmentation worth Rs.73 crore but could gain economic benefits of an estimated Rs.38,671 crore. Environmental experts have slammed the cost-benefit analysis submitted by Essel Mining & Industries Limited (EMIL).

The justification for locating the mine in the forest area is that based on exploration, there is proof of availability of diamonds and hence, the project is site-sp...