NGT to hear plea on Great Indian Bustard

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: Jul 10, 2015 17:47 IST

The National Green Tribunal will hear a petition on Great Indian Bustard, an endangered bird species found mostly in Rajasthan, on July 21.

The petition, filed by Mahendra Singh Borawat, alleges that the habitat of the critically endangered bird has been disturbed due to the wind mills set up within one km of the national highway in the Desert National Park, Jaisalmer.

The petitioner stated that it was resolved in a meeting held under the chairmanship of Rajasthan chief secretary in 2011 that no wind mills would be set up within a radius of two kms of both side of the highway.

On Thursday, MP Tiwari, registrar, central bench, NGT, stated that “because of the wind mills, the habitat of the Great Indian Bustard has been disturbed. Therefore, this petition has been filed. The matter be registered and be placed before the Bench for admission and orders”.

The Desert National Park, spread over 3,162 sq kms, is located in Rajasthan. Great Indian Bustard is the state bird of Rajasthan.

According to a recent report prepared jointly by the Wildlife Institute of India and Rajasthan forest department, Great Indian Bustard (scientific name Ardeotis nigriceps) is critically endangered with roughly 300 birds left.

Rajasthan holds the largest population and prime hope for saving the species, the report adds.

According to wildlife experts, Great Indian Bustard numbers are declining rapidly because of threats that include habitat loss and degradation, hunting and direct disturbance.

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