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09 Jul 2018 -National Tata Power launches Humpback Mahseer program
  • Sensitises 800 students in Bengaluru and Mysore on Humpback Mahseer conservation
  • Helps attain scientific name which will increase conservation efforts for this endangered species

Tata Power, India's largest integrated power company has launched the Humpback Mahseer Project as part of its four-decade freshwater fish conservation program. The intent is to list the Humpback Mahseer with its scientific name, “Tor Remadevii”, on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species to aid future conservation efforts.

The Humpback is the largest known species of Mahseer and, across the world, is only found in the Kaveri river basin. Very little is known about this elusive fish, and achieving its scientific name is a key step in placing it on the IUCN Red List of threatened species.

To further this cause, Tata Power held an educational drive for 800 school children in Bengaluru and Mysore. A unique state-of-the-art stream model was custom-designed to explain how rivers work, the ecosystem services they provide and the effects of human activities on them.

The students learnt the effects of construction of dams, regulated flows, deforestation, drought, pollution and sediment transport on various river water species. Lectures on the importance of smaller critters of the freshwater ecosystem were held. To make them more interactive, drawing competitions were also conducted.

Speaking on this initiative, Mr. Ashok Sethi, ED & COO, Tata Power, said “Tata Power believes in sustainability as a way of life. Having pioneered conservation for this river icon four decades ago, we will continue to educate on the importance of saving Humpback Mahseer and reducing the ecological destruction that's contributing to its endangerment. We look forward to engaging with more schools and children to spread awareness about this mighty fish.”

The company successfully manages a Mahseer breeding facility in the northern Western Ghats. The unique coalition between Tata Power and Mahseer Trust, the Kaveri Mission, has undertaken surveys that are being conducted in many tributaries of the Kaveri River for the Humpback Mahseer.

 

About Tata Power:

Tata Power is India’s largest integrated power company and, together with its subsidiaries & jointly controlled entities, has an installed capacity of 10757 MW. A pioneer in the field, it has a presence across the entire power value chain: Generation of renewable as well as conventional power including hydro and thermal energy; transmission & distribution, trading and coal & freight logistics. With renewable energy assets in solar and wind accounting for 30% of the company's portfolio, Tata Power is a leader in clean energy generation. In line with the company's view on sustainable and clean energy development, Tata Power is steering the transformation of utilities to integrated solutions by looking at new business growth in EV charging & storage, distributed generation & rooftops, microgrids and home automation & smart meters.

It has successful public-private partnerships in generation, transmission & distribution in India namely: ‘Tata Power Delhi Distribution Ltd.’ with Delhi Vidyut Board for distribution in North Delhi; 'Tata Power Ajmer Distribution Ltd.' with Ajmer Vidyut Vitran Nigam Ltd. for distribution in Ajmer; 'Powerlinks Transmission Ltd.' with Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd. for evacuation of Power from Tala hydro plant in Bhutan to Delhi; 'Maithon Power Ltd.' with Damodar Valley Corporation for a 1050 MW Mega Power Project at Jharkhand. Tata Power is serving more than 2.6 million distribution consumers in India and has developed the country’s first 4000 MW Ultra Mega Power Project at Mundra (Gujarat) based on super-critical technology.

With growing international focus, Tata Power's global presence includes strategic investments in Indonesia through a 30% stake in the coal company PT Kaltim Prima Coal (KPC); 26% stake in mines at PT Baramulti Suksessarana Tbk (BSSR); in Singapore through Trust Energy Resources; in South Africa through a joint venture called ‘Cennergi’ to develop projects in sub-Sahara Africa; in Zambia through a 50:50 joint venture with ZESCO for 120 MW Hydro project; in Georgia through AGL which is a joint venture with Clean Energy, Norway & IFC for development of 187 MW hydro project; in Bhutan through a hydro project in partnership with The Royal Government of Bhutan.

With its 103 years track record of technology leadership, project execution excellence, world-class safety processes, customer care and driving green initiatives, Tata Power is poised for multi-fold growth and committed to 'lighting up lives' for generations to come. Visit us at: www.tatapower.com.