The upcoming Delhi – Mumbai Greenfield expressway is all set to offer better connectivity between the two metropolises. But the highlight of this ambitious project is the introduction of wildlife crossings or animal bridges which will provide safe passage for wildlife across the expressway.
As per the reports, these bridges will be made to look natural over the corridor. There will be five such bridges on the expressway to ensure smooth movement of animals. There will be a boundary wall of 8 m, wherein noise barriers will also be installed. These overpasses designed keeping in mind not to disturb the environment and wildlife section that comes up on way of over 1,200 km long expressway.
A source said, “There will be no chance of any conflict as the wild animals will get such passage at every 500 meters interval. The passages will be developed as part of a forest corridor with trees so that animals find it natural.”
Reportedly, these passes will ensure that the Ranthambore Wildlife Corridor, connecting Ranthambore and Mukundra (Darrah) wildlife sanctuaries, are not disturbed. The plan has been approved and forwarded by the Rajasthan state government to the central wildlife board.
The NHAI (National Highways Authority of India) is keen to project it as a sustainable model of development and for mitigation of the wildlife-human conflict by building these wildlife crossings in India also referred to as animal bridges and ecoducts.
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Some of the Most Stunning Wildlife Crossings/Animal Bridges across the World:
Wildlife Crossings, Ecoduct in Singapore
Wildlife Crossings, Banff National Park. Alberta, Canada
Wildlife Crossings, Ecoduct of Kikbeek in Belgium
Wildlife Crossings, Ecoduct in Colarado, USA
Wildlife Crossings, Ecoduct Borkeld, Netherlands
Wildlife Bridge Over an Autobahn In Germany
Crab Bridge, Christmas Island, Australia
Wildlife Crossings, B38 – Birkenau, Germany
Wildlife Crossings, Ecoduct in Montana, USA
Wildlife Crossing Bridge, E314, Belgium
Wildlife Crossings, Underpass in Norway
Ecoduct Duinpoort, The Netherlands