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Ken-Betwa project will not affect wildlife, says ministry

A five-member expert committee constituted by the National Board of Wildlife had visited the project site in April and submitted a report on the impact of the project on wildlife in the region.

Written by Amitabh Sinha | New Delhi |
May 18, 2016 2:25:38 am
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The Water resources ministry on Tuesday said the Ken-Betwa river interlinking project will be executed in such a manner that it will strengthen the habitats of tigers and vultures, the two species singled out by a team of wildlife experts as being threatened by the project.

A five-member expert committee constituted by the National Board of Wildlife had visited the project site in April and submitted a report on the impact of the project on wildlife in the region. The report expressed its concern over repercussions for tigers and vultures. It said that tiger habitat in the Panna tiger reserve, 4,000-hectare region of which is getting affected by the project, would shrink, making it unhealthy for the tigers.

The report also mentions the threat to the vulture population.

The two objections have been sent to the water resources ministry for its comments. The official said a detailed reply was being prepared, addressing the two concerns.

The official said the project area was not encroaching on the existing tiger habitat. On the threat to vultures, the official said, very few were likely to be affected by the project.

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