Friday, June 02, 2023

Soon, a centre for animals relocated from airport site

Noida: A rescue and rehabilitation centre will come up in Dhanauri for wild animals affected by the construction of the Noida international airport.

Officials said the state government had asked the forest department to complete the construction work within six months. The facility will come up on 10 hectares and cost around Rs 4.5 crore.

The move to set up the rehabilitation centre comes after the Yamuna International Airport Pvt Ltd (YIAPL), the developer of the airport in Jewar, urged the government to relocate the wildlife from around the project site as they were hampering construction activities.

YIAPL CEO Christoph Schnellmann had informed the government that since full-fledged construction had begun at the site with manpower and machinery, it had caused a depletion in food sources for the animals. Among animals found around the site are nilgai, blackbuck, Indian gazelle, monkeys, golden jackals, jungle cat and sarus cranes.

On May 9, the chief secretary had chaired a meeting on the biodiversity conservation plan around the airport site.

“Officials discussed how the airport project could impact the wildlife in the region. The special secretary of the civil aviation department had suggested that an interim rescue and rehabilitation centre was required to mitigate this impact,” said Arun Vir Singh, the CEO of the Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (YEIDA).

“The additional chief secretary of the forest department said the construction of the centre could be completed in six months if the necessary funds were made available,” he added.

02/06/2023 Aditya Dev/Times of India

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