Standards issued for installing bird diverters in Great Indian Bustard habitat

Technical standards have been notified by a special committee constituted by the Supreme Court for bird flight diverters to be installed in priority areas that are associated with the Great Indian Bustard species. These standards have been notified after consultations with the Central Electricity Authority. As per the recommendations by the committee, parameters like size, color, operation temperature, grip strength, and other construction aspects of the bird diverters must be standardised. 

According to the recent notification, diverters must be dynamic and should have a warning disc with 2-D or 3-D design. They should have necessary clamps and connectors. The utilities should include a mixture of LED and non-LED diverters on their powerlines, and at least 20 percent diverters on a line should be LED type. The diverters must be designed for an effective life period of 15 years and warranty period of at least five years.

The committee also suggested that the concerned utility or power agency must get reports for certain tests conducted by laboratories accredited by the National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories or any accreditation body according to International Electrotechnical Commission standards. The committee suggested that there is a lot of scope to improve the quality of these devices from observations based on the assessment of their field durability and effectiveness. 

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