We are committed to conservation of biodiversity. As part of our due diligence, we avoid ecologically sensitive areas such as forests, sanctuaries, national parks, biosphere reserves and Coastal Regulation Zones (CRZs). This is done in line with our agenda of biodiversity management and conservation.
We evaluate various alternatives and adopt an optimum plan for each project. The adopted plan entails least impact on biodiversity. The plans are submitted to local regulatory bodies (forest departments) and upon receipt of necessary clearances, we execute the projects. The stated requirements in such clearances are incorporated in our environment management plan.
Different ecosystems, such as forests, grasslands, mangroves and urban areas, provide different services to society and these services are collectively known as ecosystem services and at ATL we are committed towards preserving these ecosystems.
During project execution stage, we make efforts to ensure that our lines and substations are not located in the path of ecologically sensitive areas. Our surveyors ensure this through route selection criteria and consultation with local forest departments wherever necessary.
However, in case of transmission lines, traversing through forest land may be unavoidable due to terrain or technical reasons. In such cases, the involvement of such area is restricted to the minimum possible extent. Our efforts towards environment conservation include programs that comprise Compensatory Afforestation, Voluntary Plantation and Environment Management and Conservation Plan Implementation.