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Tata Power supplies 10,000 healthy Mahseer fingerlings to Hira Bambai reservoir

 

Times of India, New Delhi, 11 May, 2015

 

NAGPUR: Taking cognizance of the alarming decline in the population of Mahseer, an endangered fish species, Tata Power, India's largest integrated power company, has supplied 10,000 healthy Mahseer fingerlings to Hira Bambai reservoir near Nagpur.

 

The company has set up a breeding centre at Walwan Gardens, Lonavala, as part of their eco-restoration and eco-development project for the lakes. Today, Tata Power has standard techniques of breeding the Mahseer species post indepth research of over several lakhs of fingerlings.

 

The move follows the company's conservation efforts and on request from Dilip Singh, additional principal chief conservator of forest (APCCF) and member-secretary of Maharashtra State Biodiversity Board (MSBB), Nagpur.

 

The initiative aims to help set up a Mahseer conservation centre at Hira Bambal reservoir and focus on reviving its population. The Tata Power hatchery at Lonavla also receives requests every year from fisheries department to release Mahseer fingerlings in rivers of various states, including Karnataka, Punjab, Haryana, Andhra Pradesh and Assam, in an attempt to conserve the species to other parts of the country.

 

Talking about the programme, Mahesh Paranjpe, chief, hydro and renewable operations, Tata Power, said, "Tata Power has remained committed to the cause of Mahseer conservation for over 40 years now. Sustainability, as a core business value, is deeply ingrained in the company culture." We will continue to conserve and release Mahseer fingerlings to other parts of the country, promoting biodiversity, and breath in new life to what was a depleting wonder of the aqua world, Paranjpe added.

 

Singh thanked Tata Power for helping the biodiversity board to revive Mahseer programme. Post-monsoons, a second set of 10,000 Mahseer fingerlings will again be sent to Hira Bambai reservoir.

 

The company has been supporting the fisheries and forest department in various conservation projects like fisheries and afforestation. Till date, the company has produced in excess of 10 million seed of Mahseer and distributed them all over India. The hatchery continues to breed over 3 to 4 lakh of fin-gerlings every year.

 

The breeding centre is only one till date which breeds and supplies Mahseer fingerlings to various states in India. The company has undertaken Mahseer conservation since 1975.

 

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