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Highway project in Odisha threatening birds, turtles rejected

Updated : March 11, 2019 08:24 PM IST

Expert panels of the environment ministry are infamous for recommending environment clearances to a majority of developmental projects that come to them, but in some rare cases, they decide otherwise as well.
In January 2019, in one such rare case, an expert panel refused to consider a highway project whose proposed alignment would have threatened migratory birds, olive ridley turtles and local rivers.
The expert committee of the environment ministry asked the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) to explore the possibilities of an alternate alignment.
Highway project in Odisha threatening birds, turtles rejected

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