Recently Supreme Court (SC) has given its suggestion in the behalf of the critically endangered Great Indian Bustards after the number of birds falling dead due to collision with power lines is increasing over time. These power line run through the dwindling natural habitats of the Indian Bustards in Gujarat and Rajasthan states.

SC Take

The Supreme Court Bench led by Chief Justice, Sharad Arvind Bobde, will examine whether the overhead power lines could be replaced with the underground cable lines in order to save the heaviest flying birds. Supreme Court also found an alternative mechanism that is to install the flight bird diverters in order to guide the birds away from the power lines would not be a cost-effective method. In fact, such diverters are of the nature of recurring costs and will cost more than installing and maintaining the underground lines.

GoI’s Take

However, Attorney General of India Kottayan Katankot Venugopal appeared for the Union Power Ministry and submitted that only low voltage lines can be replaced but not the high voltage cables.

About Great Indian bustard

Great Indian bustard or Ardeotis nigriceps. The Great Indian bustard is found on Indian subcontinent. It is a large bird having a horizontal body and long bare legs. It has an ostrich like appearance. It is one among the heaviest flying birds. The Great Indian bustard was once common along the dry plains of Indian subcontinent. But it reduced to 250 in the year 2011 which further reduced to 150 in the year 2018. The bird is listed as “Critically Endangered” and is protected under the Government of India Wildlife Protection Act of 1972.

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