Panel seeks SC directions for expediting underground laying of transmission line in areas inhabited by GIB

Updated: Jan 31 2023 9:34PM

New Delhi, Jan 31 (PTI) A committee constituted by the Supreme Court on saving the Great Indian Bustard (GIB) has urged the apex court to pass directions for expediting underground laying of power transmission lines in priority and potential GIB habitats in Rajasthan and Gujarat.

The GIB, considered India's most critically endangered bird species, is especially found in Rajasthan and Gujarat, and per the 2021 report of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), they are on the verge of extinction with hardly 50 to 249 of them alive.

The apex court, which is hearing a PIL on saving the GIB, had earlier directed the governments of Gujarat and Rajasthan to replace overhead electric cables with underground power cables, wherever feasible, and install bird diverters in priority areas where the birds live.