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03 Jun 2019 -Mumbai/Pune ‘Reptiles of the Northern Western Ghats’ – an insightful peek into the reptile kingdom of Sahyadris by Tata Power & Ela Foundation

~ Book compiles over 123 species of reptiles prevailing in the Western Ghats of
Maharashtra featuring snakes, crocodiles, tortoise, lizards and chameleons~

Tata Power in association with Ela Foundation, today, launched the third book of its bio-diversity series “Reptiles of the Northern Western Ghats” - a compilation of over 123 beautiful and most endangered species of reptiles that grace the biodiversity of the Western Ghats. The book was unveiled by Mr. Minesh Dave, President Transmission & Distribution in the presence of its co-author & devoted conservationist, Prof. Dr. Satish Pande, Director, Ela Foundation along with Mr. Vivek Vishwasrao, Head - Bio-diversity, Tata Power.

The book showcases various species of snakes, crocodiles, tortoise, lizards and chameleons nestled in one of the world’s important Biodiversity hotspots. It encapsulates the wealth of biodiversity conserved over the years in the Northern Western Ghats through the eyes of the authors.

Key Highlights of the Book:

  • First of its kind book devoted to reptiles of Northern Western Ghats
  • A detailed guide to 123 species of Reptiles photographed in the wild
  • Highlights various snake species, also features several species of crocodiles, tortoise, lizards and chameleons along with their conservation status
  • Useful for foresters, farmers, biologists, teachers, conservationists and amateurs
  • Contains over 500 high quality colour photographs by accomplished photographers and illustrations by various renowned artists.

Mr. Praveer Sinha, CEO & MD, Tata Power said, "Tata Power has been actively working towards environment conservation by protecting and sustaining the biological diversity in the catchment areas of its dams in the Northern Western Ghats and we are committed to this cause.”
“We are extremely glad to collaborate with Ela foundation for the third time who share the same commitment as ours of creating awareness about conserving the endangered reptiles and their natural habitat that has evolved over millions of years.” Added Mr. Minesh Dave, President T&D.

Prof. Dr. Satish Pande, Director, Ela Foundation said, “This book is a sincere effort to sensitise people towards environment conservation. We hope it will be a useful guide for them and provoke a sense of responsibility amongst them."

Mr. Rohan Pandit, and Mr. Unmesh Barbhai, has also contributed in curating the content for this book. ‘Reptiles of the Northern Western Ghats’ is the third book in the biodiversity series in collaboration with Ela Foundation after ‘Birds of Lonavla and Khandala’ and ‘The Wild Orchids of the Northern Western Ghats’.

About Ela Foundation:

Ela Foundation is registered society and charity based in Pune, Maharashtra, India, dedicated to nature conservation through education and research for more than 10 years. It conducts rural outreach programs for biodiversity conservation, conducts certificate courses in Ornithology, Wildlife Photography and Ethno-biology; executes advisory duties for promoting nature conservation; publishes books related to wildlife conservation and works with government and non-governemnt organisations and corporate houses. They have many well-known publications to their credits. Ela Foundation is actively working in the field of nature education and conservation for several years and plays an active role in the production of this highly pictorial and user friendly book.

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 10957 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.

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