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GoG takes special measures to save flamingos dying from electric shock

High officials’ meet mull using insulated wires, underground cabling, reflector

Principal Secretary to Forest and Environment department Shri S K Nanda said the state government has taken the recent incident of the death of flamingos in Kutch with seriousness and has planned quick measures to stop such incidents in future. Some 129 flamingos were killed in Khadir area of Rapar taluka of Kutch district after coming in contact with 66 KW high tension cables passing through a wetland.

Mr. Nanda said that a meeting of high officials of forest department was held soon after the incident took place. Principal Chief Conservator of Forest Mr. S K Goyal also held meeting with the officials of Gujarat Electricity Transmission Company (GETCO) to discuss quick measures.

It is decided to check the technical feasibility of using insulated wires and to put reflectors so that the birds can easily see the transmission lines and also to install underground cables. The meet decided to immediately put reflectors in high-probability zones on primary bases. This will be done by GETCO.

Apart from this, forest department has prepared a special team to monitor this area on continual basis. A good numbers of flamingo are being seen in the wetlands of this area because of the availability of water. Some one and half lakh to four lakh birds are estimated to be dwelling in this area.

Sources: Gujarat Information Bureau

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