As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Thursday 5 September 2013

Birds start nesting around Kudankulam N-plant

Moscow/Chennai, Sept 4 (IBNS): Birds, including rare gray pelicans, started nesting in the area surrounding the main subject of the Russian-Indian cooperation in the field of nuclear energy – the “Kudankulam” nuclear power plant (NPP) located in the southern state of Tamil Nadu.

Locals say that before the construction of the NPP, no birds had been found around here. 

“Before the power plant started to be built, soil in this area had been cracked, with vegetation mainly represented by cacti and thorny bushes. The landscape had been enlivened by huge termite mounds. Birds had hardly lived here," a local villager noted. 

The matter is that the construction of the “Kudankulam” NPP had been preceded by the works related to greening the nuclear plant’s territory as well as the surrounding area, said an official spokesperson. 

The Indian Atomic Energy Regulatory Board gave clearance for the start-up of the “Kudankulam” NPP. 

“As a result, rains returned, trees grew up and birds started nesting in the area,” he added.

Anu Vijay Township of the “Kudankulam” NPP was founded in 2001, on the sea shore, eight kilometres to the west of the plant. 

The territory of the township is crossed by the bed of the seasonal rivulet called Uppar. Following the development of the river’s bank as well as its realignment, a lengthy pond was created within the area of the township.

The pond is nearly two kilometres long and twenty meters wide.

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