In A First Of Its Kind Initiative, Metro 4 To Consider 'Bird Relocation'

Around 400 trees will be replanted for the Wadala-Kasarvadavli Mumbai Metro Line 4, and the hatchlings found in nests on them will be relocated to the trees transplanted in MMR, after they are fostered into adult birds.

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The Metro 4 line (Kasarvadavali to Wadala) is a 32 km line connecting Wadala to Thane's Ghodbunder Road which consists of 32 stations and is expected to be completed by 2022. In a first of its kind initiative Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) is all set to be 'bird-friendly'.  

Thousands of trees are cut down, relocated or transplanted during major infrastructure project, however, no one really considers the impact it will have on animals and especially the birds who are depended on those trees. A team of ten people was set from Metro 4 project to conduct a survey on the number of birds and nests on the trees that will be cut, transplanted or relocated. 

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Around 400 trees will be replanted for the Wadala-Kasarvadavli Mumbai Metro Line 4, and the hatchlings found in nests on them will be relocated to the trees transplanted in the MMR after they are fostered into adult birds. The eggs found in nests on the trees will be incubated and the adult birds will be relocated similarly.

The team has identified over 80 nests and claimed that around 60 per cent of them are empty. Some are old, some are naturally damaged and some are abandoned. The remaining will be verified after which necessary actions will be taken.

Aarey activists and environmentalists have welcomed this move and applauded the authorities for taking into consideration flora and fauna. 

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