Install bird diverters until cables go underground: SC | Jaipur News

Jaisalmer: The Supreme Court docket on Monday ordered to put in chook diverters till the conversion of the overhead cables into underground energy strains and to place the overhead cables into underground energy strains wherever possible, inside a interval of 1 12 months in Rajasthan and Gujarat. It has additionally ordered to hold chook diverters until that point from the present energy strains.
A 3-member committee has additionally been constituted to evaluate the feasibility of laying the overhead high-tension electrical energy wires underground.
The apex courtroom gave this determination on the PIL filed by retired IAS MK Ranjit Singh to guard two species of birds particularly the Nice Indian Bustard and Lesser Florican, that are on the verge of extinction. These birds collide with the high-tension electrical wires passing by way of their habitat and get killed. The bench of Chief Justice of India SA Bobde, Justice AS Bopanna and Justice V Ramasubramanian gave this determination listening to the PIL.
The Supreme Court docket in its order has talked about to put in chook diverters on 21 energy strains in Rajasthan and on 11 energy strains in Kutch. There are 4 energy strains in Rajasthan and 36 in Kutch which might be to be transformed to underground, topic to feasibility, if not, to instantly set up chook diverters, the order talked about.
The apex courtroom, in its determination, stated that whereas contemplating the laying of underground energy strains, steps must be taken for the security of GIBs within the stated habitat. ASG (Further Solicitor Normal) Aishwarya Bhati on behalf of the power ministry had talked about the technical issues confronted on laying the excessive voltage line underground, on which the bench shaped a committee of consultants for assessing the feasibility of laying excessive voltage underground energy strains. The committee will embrace following members: Dr Rahul Rawat, scientist, Ministry of New and Renewable Power, New Delhi; Dr Sutirtha Dutta, scientist, Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun and Dr Devesh Gadhavi, deputy director, the Corbett Basis. The stated committee can also get hold of technical stories, if required from the consultants within the subject of electrical energy provide to reach at their determination. The Authorities of India shall present all help to the committee, the courtroom stated in its determination.
It’s to be talked about that steps are already being taken for conservation of the Nice Indian Bustard (GIB) in Rajasthan. In 1980-81, Desert Nationwide Park was arrange on a 3,162 sqkm space and state’s most GIBs are on this space. The DNP can be known as the refuge of GIB. These birds are discovered primarily within the border areas of Rajasthan and Pakistan and it’s a state chook of Rajasthan.
GIB is likely one of the heaviest flying birds on the planet, a couple of meter in top and wing span of round seven ft. The Wildlife Institute of India in its report ‘Energy Line Mitigation, 2018’ has said that yearly 1 lakh birds die as a result of collision with energy strains.

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