‘Windmills in near Gir sanctuary can harm lions’

  • | Saturday | 6th May, 2017

Claiming that windmills being set up by a private company near the Gir sanctuary will be detrimental for the lions, a public interest litigation was filed in the high court. Petitioner submitted that 25 Asiatic Lions on an average and 121 leopards died due to unnatural causes, in which electrocution played a major part. "We have filed petition challenging construction of large sized wind mills in the crucial lion habitat near reserve forest in Talaja Range. The plea stated that construction of the wind farm and movement of heavy vehicles would cause irreparable damage to the wild population of Asiatic Lions and other scheduled species of birds and animals. "The land given to the company is a government wasteland and is surrounded by gauchar land in some areas," it said.

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