Thursday, November 05, 2020

WII wants Jewar airport’s impact area to be extended to 25km

Greater Noida: The Wildlife Institute of India (WII) has suggested in its conservation report that a 25km buffer zone around the proposed Jewar international airport be considered as the impact area.

WII had earlier wanted a 10km buffer for the conservation of animals, birds and waterbodies.

The decision was taken following a meeting between officials of WII and the Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (YEIDA) on Wednesday.

YEIDA officials said that they wanted the Jewar conservation plan to be a “model” for other airport projects. The conservation plan will be executed for the next 10 years to observe the long-term impact of the airport project on the environment.

As part of the plan, YEIDA will construct a rescue centre to shift the animals when the construction of the airport begins and the wildlife is impacted. A veterinary hospital with a dedicated medical team will also be constructed.

“We had a detailed discussion with WII on Wednesday. They have promised to submit the final conservation report in 3-5 days. The main change in the report is that the conservation area, which was supposed to be 10km earlier, will now be 25km. The impact of the project will be observed for 10 years and mitigation measures will be sustained through that period. A rescue centre, where blackbucks, nilgai and other animals would be sheltered, is supposed to be constructed along with a veterinary hospital. Our aim now is to make the conservation of this area a model for other airport projects,” said Arun Vir Singh, the YEIDA CEO.

05/11/20 Sharmilla Bhowmick/Times of India

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