Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Six experts to study Jewar airport impact on wildlife for green plan

Jewar: Over the next six months, six experts from the Wildlife Institute of India (WII) in Dehradun will fan out across a 25km radius from Jewar, where NCR’s second airport is coming up, to study the environmental impact of the project on the biodiversity-rich area. A conservation plan for the area should be ready by June next year.
“Our team is stationed in Jewar. We’ll be studying the area to come up with a conservation plan for the blackbuck and the sarus crane, a vulnerable species, in the region. We will not, however, limit our study to these but branch out to every endangered species we come across during our study… We are meticulously sampling of flora and fauna – what type, how many varieties, what kind and the total numbers,” said Dr Bilal Habib, who is heading the study.
In August this year, the WII and the airport project’s nodal agency, Noida International Airport Limited (NIAL), had signed a 10-month memorandum of understanding to conduct the study. An interim report on the project, with preliminary observations on ways to protect of the region’s biodiversity, was submitted on October 30 and an inception report may be submitted by the end of this month.
27/11/19 Meenakshi Sinha/Times of India
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