Existing infrastructure underused, yet Delhi forced to have world trade centres, other complexes

By Manju Menon*, Meenakshi Nath** A massive redevelopment project planned for seven old residential colonies in the leafiest part of Delhi is all set to ruin not just the capital’s already fragile ecology but also place a huge burden on taxpayers. A public interest petition filed by a Delhi based orthopedic surgeon, Dr Kaushal Kant … More Existing infrastructure underused, yet Delhi forced to have world trade centres, other complexes

VECL pipeline pollution: In last six months, average COD is 2500 plus instead of accepted level, 250

Letter by Rohit Prajapati and Krishnakant of the Paryavaran Suraksha Samiti, Vadodara, addressed to senior Government of India and Gujarat government officials*, asking them to (1) declare ‘Chemical Emergency’ for ‘ECP Industrial Cluster’ of Vadodara District, (2) cancel the ‘Consolidated Consent and Authorization’ (CC&A) of ‘Vadodara Envior Channel Limited’, cancel ‘Environment Clearance’ (EC) of all … More VECL pipeline pollution: In last six months, average COD is 2500 plus instead of accepted level, 250

Presence of CRP and Maoist groups in Niyamgiri hills has made life of Dongria Kondhs very difficult

In a statement, Amnesty India has called upon the Government of Odisha to uphold law and order in the Niyamgiri hills and halt police intimidation of the indigenous Dongria Kondh community. Text:  “Allegations of police intimidation and ill-treatment of the DongriaKondh community in the Niyamgiri hills are deeply disturbing”, said Manohar Chauhan, Senior Campaigner, Amnesty … More Presence of CRP and Maoist groups in Niyamgiri hills has made life of Dongria Kondhs very difficult

Repositioning SHGs is core to India’s approach to women empowerment and poverty alleviation

By Moin Qazi* The empowerment of rural women and girls is essential to building a prosperous equitable and peaceful future for all on a healthy planet. – UN Secretary-General, António Guterres Gender inequality is not only a pressing moral and social issue but also a critical economic challenge. India has a larger relative economic value … More Repositioning SHGs is core to India’s approach to women empowerment and poverty alleviation

How much longer will forests of Hasdeo Arand remain safe from impending threat of coal mining?

By Debayan Gupta* and Bipasha Paul** On September 27, the Parsa Open Cast Mine (OCM) in Chhattisgarh, was on the Expert Appraisal Committee’s (EAC) agenda for consideration of grant of environmental clearance. Parsa is one of 30 coal blocks in the Hasdeo Arand, an intact area of dense forest cover in central India. In 2009, the entire area … More How much longer will forests of Hasdeo Arand remain safe from impending threat of coal mining?

Firing on civilians in West Bengal: Options before police if public rally becomes unruly

By Nilesh Jain* Rajesh Sarkar, 19, and Tapash Burman, 21, both former students of Daribhit High School in Islampur, West Bengal, died of bullet injuries. The clashes erupted on September 20, when a section of students along with locals and former students of Daribhit High School were agitating over recruitment of teachers. The protest turned … More Firing on civilians in West Bengal: Options before police if public rally becomes unruly

This “model” project in Delhi has side-stepped both urban planning and environmental laws

By Manju Menon and Kanchi Kohli* For over four months, the national capital has seen public protests against the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs’ “redevelopment” of Delhi’s seven government housing colonies. Citizens have questioned this project, which will privatise and commercialise public lands, fragment urban landscapes into wastefully designed gated colonies, and lead to congestion … More This “model” project in Delhi has side-stepped both urban planning and environmental laws