The Delhi-Mumbai expressway will have India’s first-ever animal overpass. These will be on the lines of “animal bridges” in the Netherlands for safe passage of wildlife. These have been planned to ensure there are no disturbances to the Ranthambore Wildlife Corridor connecting Ranthambhore and Mukundra (Darrah) wildlife sanctuaries in Rajasthan, TOI reported.
The plan has been approved and forwarded by the Rajasthan government to the central wildlife board and is likely to be taken up next week. The NHAI has given the work to an infrastructure major and the agreement would be signed next week.
According to reports, these will be natural-looking structures over the corridor and will provide safe passage for wildlife across the expressway. “There will be no chance of any conflict as the wild animals will get such passage at every 500 metres interval. The passages will be developed as part of a forest corridor with trees so that animals find it natural,” said a source.
NHAI is keen to project it as a sustainable model of development and for mitigation of the wildlife-traffic conflict.Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari recently informed that the Delhi-Mumbai Expressway project will be complete by 2022. The Delhi-Mumbai Expressway, one of seven currently under construction, will help in decreasing logistic time and cost along with the key manufacturing hubs in the country.
Inputs from TOI