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Impact of Guj solar park on avian flyway worries MoEF panel

DNMUM431661 | 2/11/2019 | Author : Nikhil M Ghanekar | WC :343 | India

New Delhi: An expert panel of the Environment ministry has raised serious concerns about the impact the world’s largest solar park - proposed at Dholera in Gujarat - will have on one of the nine major routes in the world used by migratory birds.
The 4,400MW capacity solar park, proposed in the Dholera Special Investment Region near the Gulf of Khambat will spread over 8,595.95 hectares and cost Rs 25,000 crore. The Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC) raised serious concerns about coastal erosion, potential sea-level rise and project’s impact on migratory birds while scrutinizing the project on January 25. While deferring appraisal of a major chunk of the project, it cleared a 1,000 MW component situated a little away from the
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