The Power Grid Corporation has been given permission to construct the Gwalior-Jaipur Electric Transmission Line without disturbing the revival plan for endangered Great Indian Bustard at Gwalior-based wildlife sanctuary.
The Wildlife Institute of India (WII), in its site appraisal report, has now suggested diversion of 20.77 ha forest land and 6.70 ha revenue land from the sanctuary for laying the Gwalior-Jaipur electric transmission line along with stringent wildlife conservation measures.
Meanwhile, the wildlife experts, who were tasked to examine the proposed site, discovered a large number of vulture nests Great Indian Bustard Sanctuary. Vulture is also under the category of endangered species.
The Standing Committee of National Board for Wildlife (SC of NBWL) in its 32nd meeting held on January 21 has accepted the recommendations of the wildlife experts in this regard. Besides, it has also accepted WII’s report regarding proposed aerial passenger ropeway between Ghangaria and Hemkunda Shaib in the Uttarakhand’s Valley of Flowers, which enjoy the status of world heritage site.
“We have recommended specific measures to reduce the potential negative impact of the project relating to Gwalior-Jaipur electric transmission line. We have also held talks with Power Grid Corporation to get technical feedback before preparing our report,” WII’s director V B Mathur told The Indian Express. He added that they are recommending this project since it is of national importance.
The recommendations, made by WII, underlined the need for realigning the proposed route of the transmission line. Suggesting ways for reducing the chances of aerial collusion, WII report emphasized that the earth-wires of transmission line should be marked at 20m distance within and 40 m distance around 2 km radius of the sanctuary with ‘bird flight diverters’. These diverters should be deployed on all three vertical pairs of power lines and earth-wires at successive distance of 20m within the sanctuary.