NTPC-Simhadri, Forest Dept Ink Pact to Save Olive Ridley Turtles

A citizen holding a Olive Ridley turtle found near the blue waters of Bay of Bengal in Visakhapatanm. (R V K Rao | EPS)

VISAKHAPATNAM: The National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC), Simhadri has joined hands with Andhra Pradesh Forest department for conservation of Olive Ridley sea turtles along the AP coast. The initiative is part of its corporate social responsibility and sustainable development initiative.

NTPC-Simhadri and the Forest department signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU)  for conservation and protection of Olive Ridley turtles.

NTPC-Simhadri group general manager PK Bondriya and Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (PCCF), AP, SBL Misra signed the pact in Hyderabad on Tuesday. AP principal Conservator of Forests Ramesh G Klaghatghi and SSTPP head (HR) V Shiva Prasad were present on the occasion. Bondriya handed over a cheque for `1 crore for the conservation work in the current financial year.

The NTPC is contributing `4.6 crore for the five-year conservation project, including inventory mapping of breeding sites of sea turtles, identification of nesting and breeding habitats along the shoreline and migratory routes taken by sea turtles, development of guidelines to safeguard and minimise turtle mortality, development of local and national cooperative and collaborative action for sea turtle conservation. The AP beaches are important nesting places for the sea turtles. Sporadic nesting occurs on these beaches. Of the three species recorded in the state Olive Ridley is common and Green Turtle occurs occasionally and Hawksbill is also sighted.

-more at New Indian Express

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