NTCA Will Study Adverse Impacts of Adani Power Project Near Nagzira Sanctuary

The National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) will study the adverse impacts of a proposal to divert 163.84 hectares of land to the Adani Power Project in Gondia district. This land is within 10 kms of the Nagzira Wildlife Sanctuary. The NTCA study will focus on the adverse impacts of the gaseous and particulate emissions and additional thermal load from the plant on flora and fauna. The Adani plant is meant to be a 3300 MW one. Work is already in full swing on the first phase of two 660 MW units. Former Union Minister Jairam Ramesh had visited Nagpur in September of last year and had said that if the plant was close to the sanctuary, then permission would not be granted. He had also agreed to make Nagzira-Navegaon a tiger reserve. Two offences have already been raised so far against Adani Power Maharashtra Limited, but the forest department has not taken any action even after a year.

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