Great Indian Bustard Conservation and Energy Development
Balancing Act: The Supreme Court of India emphasizes the need to balance the conservation of the Great Indian Bustard (GIB) with the country’s energy requirements, particularly solar power development.
The GIB, once a candidate for the national bird, faces threats due to its poor vision, leading to frequent collisions with power lines.
Efforts to save the GIB include installing bird diverters and considering the undergrounding of power lines.
Legal and Policy Measures:
The Supreme Court has given a three-week deadline to the Centre to address issues related to GIB conservation and energy needs.
Implementation of earlier orders regarding the diversion and installation of power lines in GIB habitats is being reviewed.
Renewable Energy Goals:
India aims to work towards a substantial renewable energy target by 2030.
The court is informed about India’s commitments to achieve around 40% cumulative electric power installed capacity from non-fossil-fuel-based energy resources by 2030.
A three-member expert committee, constituted by the court, monitors the situation and suggests measures for the protection of the GIB. Conclusion:
The protection of the endangered Great Indian Bustard requires careful consideration alongside the nation’s push for renewable energy, requiring innovative solutions and diligent policy execution.
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