Transmission Assets do not cause disruption to nature and wildlife. GTTPL has taken utmost caution and care in the project planning to protect the biodiversity of the region. Transmission projects by default, involve minimal disruption to biodiversity especially in comparison to other linear projects.
Care For Environment
GTTPL project does not pass through Mollem National Park
It involves a minimal unavoidable passage of 2.51 km through Bhagwan Mahaveer sanctuary.
After the careful route optimisation undertaken by the project team, the route chosen is ~4 km longer than the alternate routes.
Till date, the GTTPL project has planted a total of 9367 trees across various sites in Goa on the land identified by the Goa Forest Department
500 trees in the campus of Goa Institute of Management, Sankhli have already been planted.
Additionally, 8867 trees have been planted in Usgaon, Sangod, and Codar sites for which all necessary permissions were accorded and land was identified by the Goa Forest Department.
Care For Wildlife
The route selected for the project involves minimum forest and wildlife sanctuary land.
The project route does not pass through the Mollem National Park and only involves a minimal unavoidable passage of 2.51 km through Bhagwan Mahaveer sanctuary.
Thoughtfully planned optimised route of the project ensures minimum impact on the sanctuary land. Only 6 towers (out of a total of 41 towers) will be constructed in this area, bringing down the actual impacted area within the sanctuary to only around 0.25 Ha.
For the substation, acquiring land in close vicinity of the Bhagwan Mahaveer National Park has been avoided
To ensure safe passage of animals, animal protection measures like culverts would be built on approach road to substation
Bird diverters on the conductor and perch rejecters on transmission tower would be installed along the transmission line corridor
Artificial nesting platform for raptor species to be built along the transmission line at a distance of 200 m
Structures to climb transmission towers to have restriction guards to avoid access to arboreal species (Macaques, Langurs, Loris, Giant Squirrels etc.)
The transport of equipment, machinery and labour for the construction of towers as well as stringing of transmission line would not cause any damage to the forest area.
Tower parts to be transported to the tower location by tractor or head loaded
No heavy machinery will be used for construction and no campsites will be placed inside the forest area
Drones will be used to enable stringing and further mitigate any likely damage
Care For Communities
To promote health and hygiene among the children and bring about the necessary behavioural change among the community towards open defecation, renovation activities will be carried out across 3 primary schools in Mollem. These schools are identified after engaging with the local community and will impact over 350 children. The activities will include:
Renovation of school infrastructure
Providing clean drinking water
Construction of toilets
This project will provide employment opportunities for the youth in the region.
Adherence to regulations and processes
As per the corridor requirement of 400kV transmission line, enumeration of the trees for the entire corridor is conducted for the purpose of calculating compensatory afforestation and NPV (Net Present Value) cost.
The forest tree enumeration for the GTTPL project stands at 43201. However, actual felling/trimming of trees in forest area would be 14,700 which is just 35% of the enumerated quantity.
As per the prevailing regulations, for compensatory afforestation against the tree cutting, the payments against the enumerated 43201 forest trees is being paid to the forest department.