The process of releasing hatchlings of Olive Ridley Sea Turtles embarked from the third week of March 2021 and will last till May 2021. Upon maturation of eggs, hatchlings crawled back to their original habitat in the sea on Mutyalammapalem beach, Parawada with community participation and more than 300 Nos. hatchlings were released in this couple of days. NTPC Simhadri under its sustainable development initiatives has been undertaking a project on Conservation of Olive Ridley Sea Turtle since 2015.
Sri Diwakar Kahsuik, Group General Manager along with other Senior Officials of O&M, HR & CSR of NTPC Simhadri have released the hatchlings into the sea at Mutyalammapalem as NTPC is undertaking the conservation of red-listed vulnerable species of Olive Ridley in collaboration with the Forest Department, Govt. of Andhra Pradesh. In pursuance of that, hatcheries have been developed on the coast of Visakhapatnam to protect the nestlings from predators and anthropogenic interference. The community’s participation has played an active role in the conservation project by ensuring security during hatching external threats. The interventions of NTPC Simhadri supported the forest department in aligning the resources for the critical activity and resulted in an increasing trend in the hatchings released in the seawater.
NTPC Simhadri’s support for the conservation of vulnerable species of Olive Ridley Sea Turtles is an important milestone in mainstreaming biodiversity in business decisions and supporting in meeting the requirements under India’s National Biodiversity Target 6 and 12. This project is further aligned with United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal 14 that advocates conservation and sustainable use of Oceans, Seas and Marine resources and aquatic ecosystems.