Im­pact of Guj so­lar park on avian fly­way wor­ries MOEF panel

DNA (Daily News & Analysis) Mumbai Edition - - FRONT PAGE - Nikhil M Ghanekar [email protected]­dia.net

New Delhi: An ex­pert panel of the En­vi­ron­ment min­istry has raised se­ri­ous con­cerns about the im­pact the world’s largest so­lar park – pro­posed at Dholera in Gu­jarat – will have on one of the nine ma­jor routes in the world used by mi­gra­tory birds.

The 4,400MW ca­pac­ity so­lar park, pro­posed in the Dholera Spe­cial In­vest­ment Re­gion near the Gulf of Kham­bat will spread over 8,595.95 hectares and cost Rs 25,000 crore. The Ex­pert Ap­praisal Com­mit­tee (EAC) raised se­ri­ous con­cerns about coastal ero­sion, po­ten­tial sea-level rise and project’s im­pact on mi­gra­tory birds while scru­ti­niz­ing the project on Jan­uary 25. While de­fer­ring ap­praisal of a ma­jor chunk of the project, it cleared a 1,000 MW com­po­nent sit­u­ated a lit­tle away from the in­ter-tidal zone, but it is still sub­ject to clear­ance from the Wildlife depart­ment as the site is lo­cated near Velavadar Na­tional Park.

Around 8,000 hectares of the project site falls in an in­ter-tidal

—AP

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