Illegal Windmills Operating in Koyna Wildlife Sanctuary, Maharashtra

Koyna sanctuary, a part of Sahyadri Tiger Reserve has about 200 windmills operating within the sanctuary boundaries. Around 500 trees have been estimated to have been chopped up for this purpose. Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) activist Nana Khamkar says that 250 endangered species of birds are found in the sanctuary and since the windmills have come, the birds have not been seen. An RTI application sent to the Forest Department has shown that the windmills have been setup without permission. Suzlon, one of the windmill companies has not commented much claiming the matter is sub-judice. Union Minister Jairam Ramesh has asked the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) to step in.

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