Web Exclusive | April 2018
Power cos installing low-quality reflectors
Around 80 per cent of the reflectors installed near the great Indian bustard Sanctuary near Naliya have either fallen down or are damaged, exposing the endangered birds to threat of electrocution. The state government has asked power transmission companies to install insulated wires or reflectors to keep birds from colliding with high-tension power cables. Government officials said Gujarat forest department had made it clear that all power cables in areas inhabited by the great Indian bustard should be underground. Sources said that after the meeting Gujarat Energy Transmission Company (GETCP) had shown willingness to comply with the requirement and a private firm had sought permission of the forest department to take its cables underground.