SC moots idea of ‘Project Great Indian Bustard’ to save endangered birds, seeks Centre’s view

Updated: Nov 30 2022 6:59PM

New Delhi, Nov 30 (PTI) Coming to the rescue of the critically endangered Great Indian Bustard (GIB), the Supreme Court on Wednesday mooted the idea of launching 'Project GIB' on the lines of ‘Project Tiger’, which was started in 1973 to save the big cats, and sought the government's view on the proposal.

A bench headed by Chief Justice D Y Chandrachud also sought reports from the chief secretaries of Rajasthan and Gujarat in six weeks on installation of bird diverters in priority areas and assess the total length of transmission lines in the two states where under-grounding of electric wires have to be done to ensure the birds do not die of electrocution.

The great Indian bustard, considered India’s most critically endangered bird species, is especially found in Rajasthan and Gujarat, and as 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.