Chosen as 'Picture of the Week'
The latest threat to the Western Ghats has sprung from the most unexpected quarters: the well-meant promotion of green energy. While the hydro projects target river valleys, windmills hammer the hill tops.
A large number of windfarms have been constructed across the Western Ghats landscapes. Many of these fall in area rich in biological diversity with many endemic and threatened species. So far they do not require any EIA and hence analysis of impacts on biodiversity is never measured. Although the serious concerns are the actual birdhits, the changes brought about in the entire landscape during construction and working phases are also heavily impacting these sensitive landscapes. This picture was taken in Maval area of Pune district, where windmills have been erected on sheer cliffs, in Reserve Forest lands. The cliffs provide nesting the Long-billed vultures and at the time of the photo, around 10 live vultures were seen in the adjacent skyscape. Also, a wide road has been constructed through the Reserve Forest land, fragmenting the fragile habitat.