Centre: No Nice Indian Bustard inside Kutch sanctuary as on January 1 this 12 months

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CITING INFORMATION supplied by the Gujarat authorities, Union Minister of State for Surroundings, Forest and Local weather Change, Ashwini Kumar Choubey on Monday acknowledged that there was no Nice Indian Bustard (GIB) in Kutch Bustard Sanctuary as on January 1 this 12 months.

“As per the knowledge supplied by the state authorities, there isn’t any Nice Indian Bustard Sanctuary (GIB) within the Kutch Bustard Sanctuary, as on January 1, 2021,” the Union minister knowledgeable the Rajya Sabha by means of a written reply to questions requested by Shaktisinh Gohil, the Rajya Sabha member from Gujarat.

Gohil, the senior Congress chief, had sought to know the variety of GIBs in Kutch Bustard Sanctuary as on January 1 and if it’s a incontrovertible fact that these birds of grassland die as a consequence of collision with windmills and electrical wires within the sanctuary.

The MP had additionally additional sought to know steps being taken or proposed to be taken if the birds are dying after colliding with windmills and overhead cables. However the Union Minister acknowledged that the query of the birds dying after colliding with windmills and powerlines and steps to stop them doesn’t come up as no birds have been noticed.

However Devesh Gadhvi, deputy director of Kutch Ecological Analysis Centre, a division of The Corbett Basis termed the query ‘very tough.’ Mentioned Gadhvi: “The reply that there have been no GIBs within the sanctuary on that given day is correct. However the sanctuary is simply two sq. kilometres. Majority of GIB inhabitants as such is surviving exterior the sanctuary, inside the eco-sensitive zone and surrounding space spanning round 2000 sq. kilometres. The query was very tough.”

Gadhvi, who has executed in depth analysis on GIBs and their habitats in Kutch, nevertheless, added that it was not true that there aren’t any GIBs in Kutch. “In fact, inside the sanctuary, on a selected date it is rather troublesome to web site GIBs. Bustards will not be going to face there eternally. They carry on transferring from one space to different… However to say there isn’t any bustard is totally mistaken. Final February, there was sighting of 4 bustards collectively in Khirasara. Simply on ninth of July, I noticed two bustards and one was reported by a villager,” mentioned the researcher.

The 2 sq. kilometre Lala-Budiya Nice Indian Bustard Sanctuary is situated close to Lala village of Abdasa taluka of Kutch.

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