Compound wall to guard wildlife in Chilkur forest

Five metres wall comes with sound absorbing devices along ORR stretch

By Author  |  Published: 26th Aug 2019  12:25 am
Chilkur forest
A spotted deer at the Mrugavani Park which comes under the Chilkur reserve forest area.

Hyderabad: In order to ensure safety and avoid inconvenience to the wildlife, a five-metre high compound wall with sound absorbing devices is coming up on either side of the Outer Ring Road (ORR) stretch that passes through Chilkur reserved forest area.

The Hyderabad Growth Corridor Limited (HGCL) has decided to construct the compound wall with a cost of nearly Rs 8 crore. The proposed wall would be running along the ORR edges covering a distance of 3 kms and will ensure safety of wildlife in the Chilkur forest area, especially Mrugavani National Park and neighbouring areas.

Concerns have been raised over vehicles zooming fast and blowing horns, especially during nights, impacting the wildlife in the abutting forest areas Chilkur. This apart, in the absence of compound wall, there is a probability of animals venturing onto the ORR.

As per the Forest Department rules, it is mandatory for the HGCL to construct a high compound wall with sound absorbing devices to ensure the safety of wildlife and avoid inconvenience for them.

The work was to be constructed long back, but owing to many reasons, including delay in approvals etc., the work could not be taken up all these years. However, the HGCL is now inviting private agencies for taking on the construction of compound wall with sound absorbing devices. Tenders have been floated already for executing the works. Once the agreement is signed, the works have to be completed within six months, said a senior official from HGCL.

The agencies will have to carry out the works causing least interruption to the traffic flow. In case if the traffic cannot pass through the part width of the carriageway for any reason, a temporary diversion close to the road would have to be constructed, after approval from HGCL officials, he explained.

Further, the agencies will have to maintain the ecological balance by curbing deforestation, water pollution and defacing of natural landscape.

The agencies will also have to preserve and protect the existing vegetation like trees on or adjacent to the work site. They will be held responsible for unauthorised cutting of trees, including damage due to careless operation of equipment, stockpiling of materials etc., he added.

Similar sound absorbing devices are now being installed on all flyovers and other structures coming up in residential areas. They were installed on a few structures in In New Delhi.

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