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Indian Nuclear Power Plants Share Pristine Environment

The exclusion zones that surround the Indian nuclear power plants are blessed with a spectrum of wildlife. Unlike fossil fuel based power production, nuclear power is a clean-air technology that doesn’t emit any pollution and is friendly to the environment.

Besides this inherent strength, two things are regularly happening in the sites of Nuclear Power Corporation of Indian Limited (NPCIL) that help the nature to

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A view of Kaiga Generating Station in Western Ghats, Karnataka

thrive. One, the habitats and wildlife in and around these sites are preserved and maintained through an exclusive initiative called Environment Stewardship Programme (ESP). Two, more ecosystems and habitats are developed to provide shelters to wildlife like birds and butterflies.

With these, plants flourish profusely, butterflies flit gleefully, birds wander enthusiastically, and animals stroll calmly in the Indian nuclear power plant sites. More than 250 birds are seen here. Kaiga, one of the NPCIL sites in Karnataka, alone has about 245 species of birds while 295 birds have been recorded in another NPCIL site Narora in Uttar Pradesh. Similarly, countless butterflies exist in and around the Indian nuclear power plant sites as the plant life that provides food to them are abundant here.

This photo feature gives you the glimpses of the biodiversity that bloom in the Indian nuclear power sites.

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Ariel view of Kaiga Generating Station amidst the green forest in Western Ghats, Karnataka
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A view of Kakarapar Atomic Power Station in Gujarat
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A view of Madras Atomic Power Station in Tamilnadu
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A view of Narora Atomic Power Station in Uttar Pradesh
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A Long-billed Vulture Gyps indicus , one of the rarest birds in India, in its typical flight. Photographed near Rajasthan Atomic Power Station in Rawatbhata.
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Ecosystems around the Indian nuclear power plants also constitute several aquatic animals. Above, a crocodile inside the exclusion zone of Narora Atomic Power Station in Uttar Pradesh.
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A Golden Shower Tree Cassia Fistula at its full bloom in the exclusion zone of Kakrapar Atomic Power Station in Gujarat.
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A flock of Painted Storks in a lake near the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project in Tamilnadu.
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Creation of butterfly gardens that provide safe shelter to butterflies are also part of ESP. Above, a Tri-colour Flat butterfly sips nectar from the Jamaican Bluespike flower in the butterfly garden established at Tarapur Atomic Power Station in Maharastra.
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A Giant Wood Spider weaves its web. Photographed inside the exclusion zone of Kaiga Generating Station in Karnataka.
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A flock of Blue Bulls in the exclusion zone of Narora Atomic Power Station in Uttar Pradesh
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A Brown-headed Gull, winter migrant from Central Asia, is seen in the waterbodies around the Madras Atomic Power Station at Kalpakkam, Tamilnadu.
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Brahminy Shelducks visit India from Central Asia during winters. Above, a flock seen in river Ganges near the Narora Atomic Power Station in Uttar Pradesh.
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A Grey-headed Barbet is a resident breeder of India, photographed near Narora Atomic Power Station in Uttar Pradesh.
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A Plain Prinia with nesting material in its beak. Photographed near Kakrapar Atomic Power Station in Gujarat.
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A Green Damselfly in the exclusion zone of Tarapur Atomic Power Station in Maharashtra.
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A Gull-billed Tern in the skies of Tarapur Atomic Power Station in Maharashtra.
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A female Asian Paradise Flycatcher at its nest inside the exclusion zone of Kakrapar Atomic Power Station in Gujarat.
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A Crimson Rose butterfly explores its food. Photographed near Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project in Tamilnadu.
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An Indian Roller at its favourite perch near the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project in Tamilnadu.
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A Blue Bull strolls in a waterbody inside the exclusion zone of Narora Atomic Power Station in Uttar Pradesh.

(PIB Feature; Text and Nature Photos: J. Devaprakash, Mnager (public awareness and press relations) at the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project, Tamilnadu. He writes about nuclear, nature and communication.)

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