The Supreme Court has reserved its verdict on the critically endangered Great Indian Bustard due to hitting the power lines. These power lines pass through the natural habitat of the Great Indian Bustard in the states of Gujarat and Rajasthan. Chief Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde The bench headed by (Chief Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde) is investigating whether overhead power lines can be replaced with underground cable lines to protect the birds.
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The court has also discovered an alternative mechanism in which flight bird diverters can be installed to keep birds away from power lines, but this is not a cost-effective method. In this case, Attorney General KK Venugopal appeared for the Ministry of Power and said that only low voltage lines can be replaced but not high voltage cables.
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The scientific name of Indian bustard is Ardeotis nigriceps. This bird is found in the Indian subcontinent. It is a huge bird, it is like an ostrich in appearance. It is one of the heaviest flying birds. This bird was once common in the dry plains of the Indian subcontinent. But this reduced its number to 250 in 2011 which further reduced to 150 in 2018. The bird is listed as “critically endangered” and protected under the Wildlife Protection Act of 1972 in India.
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