GOA : A large number of trees will be cut in the Mollem Wildlife Sanctuary to make way for a power transmission line,Goa Tamnar Transmission Project Ltd project said that only 1,000 trees would be trimmed in the wildlife sanctuary.“The forest tree enumeration stands at 43,201. However, actual trimming of trees in the forest area would be 14,700, which is just 35% of theenumerated quantity. Moreover, as per the prevailing regulations, payments against the enumerated 43,201 forest trees, are being paid to the forest department. Out of the 14,700 trees expected to be felled/trimmed, only 1,000 trees would be trimmed in the wildlife sanctuary. The company stated that the project was envisaged in 2015 to create an additional source of power for Goa and ensure that the region is future-ready and self-sufficient as far as the power situation is concerned.
The trees were enumerated to calculate compensatory afforestation and NPV (Net Present Value) cost, GTTPL said in a statement.For the Sangod substation, 2,670 trees were cut on private land for which all necessary permissions were accorded by the Goa forest department. Sangod, and Codar. Once operational, the connectivity with the western grid and southern grid will ensure high reliability for Goa in terms of power feed.“For any further tree cutting in a non-forest area, we will plant three times the trees felled, as per the compensatory afforestation rules of the Forest Department.It stated that the project included 1,000 MVA, 400/220 kV AIS.
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