No threat to Mandla bio­di­ver­sity: Re­port

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A STUDY has said that Mad­hya Pradesh's first 1,400 MW atomic power sta­tion com­ing up in the tribal- dom­i­nated Mandla dis­trict does not pose a threat to bio­di­ver­sity within the 30 km ra­dius of the pro­posed project site. The study was car­ried out by Jawa­har­lal Nehru Kr­ishi Vish­wavidyalaya (JNKVV), Jabalpur, at the be­hest of the Bhabha Atomic Re­search Cen­tre (BARC), Mum­bai, for more than two years. The study re­ported that sci­en­tists have found al­most neg­li­gi­ble threat­ened species of flora or fauna in the pro­posed area. Al­most 60 per cent of the area of the site is cov­ered with wa­ter while re­main­ing part is bar­ren land, with a small area of cul­ti­vated land with poor soil con­di­tions.

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