Underground Power Station Plans In Western Ghats Raise Concern


Underground Power Station Plans In Western Ghats Raise Concern

An underground pipeline connecting two major reservoirs, and power stations situated underneath a pristine reserve forest are part of an ambitious ₹5,000-crore project that environmentalists say will leave an indelible mark on the flora and fauna of the Western Ghats.

The Sharavati Pumped Storage project, envisioned to generate 2,000 MW of electricity, is situated just 3.5 km from the Sharavati Wildlife Sanctuary and is expected to consume nearly 150 hectares or 371 acres of Jog Reserve Forest. The forests come between the sanctuary, Aghanashini Lion-tailed Macaque Conservation Reserve, and is part of the key, contiguous forest corridor of the Western Ghats.

The project cleared the very first step, gaining pre-construction clearance at the site from the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) on August 9. Read More…

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