The WII will conduct a study, which will concentrate on protecting the affected wildlife and steps will be initiated for the same.
Mumbai: In an initiative to preserve wildlife habitation along the Maharashtra Samruddhi Mahamarg (MSM), the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Dehradun-based Wildlife Institute of India.
The WII will conduct a study, which will concentrate on protecting the affected wildlife and steps will be initiated for the same. Measures will be implemented for wildlife to move freely after construction of the expressway.
The WII will submit its recommendations to MSRDC and provide guidance on the steps to be taken. When the construction of the expressway is complete, proper care will be taken so that there is no threat to wildlife.
The WII, which falls under the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF), will partner with MSRDC till the Samruddhi Mahamarg is completed. “MSRDC is sensitive towards the issue of conserving wildlife and committed to maintaining their habitat. We are determined that the MSM will serve as a model project for the protection of wildlife. Therefore, we are extremely keen to develop wildlife in the sanctuaries falling along the expressway.
“The corporation recently signed a MoU with the WII, which will cooperate with us for protecting wildlife during the construction of the expressway,” said Radheshyam Mopalwar, MSRDC vice-chairman and managing director.