EIA draft in practice all along seeks to manage political compliance of economic actors

By Manju Menon and Kanchi Kohli* The Environment Impact Assessment (EIA), a legal process that effectively grants projects like mines, dams and industries access to land, water, forests and other environmental resources has been used in India since 1994. On March 12, 2020, in the midst of a global pandemic, the environment ministry put out … Continue reading EIA draft in practice all along seeks to manage political compliance of economic actors

India’s U-turn on ‘clean’ energy: Push for cheap and dirty coal power amidst pandemic

By Kanchi Kohli and Manju Menon* At the start of 2020, the Central government made an important set of changes to India’s coal sector through an ordinance and then amendments to the Coal Mines (Special Provisions) Act, 2015. Through these, the government has expanded opportunities for privatised, commercial mining. Coal blocks can now be owned … Continue reading India’s U-turn on ‘clean’ energy: Push for cheap and dirty coal power amidst pandemic

India must adopt developmental paradigm to move from industrial to ecological civilization

Recommendations by Shankar Sharma, Power Policy Analyst, based in Sagara, Karnataka, to Jairam Ramesh, Chairman, Standing Committee of the Parliament (Science & Technology, Environment, Forests & Climate Change), which had sought inputs for a  report on environment, climate change and public health:  Greetings from Sagar, Western Ghats, Karnataka. This has reference to your tweet of 10 April … Continue reading India must adopt developmental paradigm to move from industrial to ecological civilization

Prevent anticipated disasters, flooding, and water logging in Vadodara due to negligence

Senior activists and experts* write letter to the Municipal Commissioner, Vadodara, with copies to the Secretary, Ministry of Jal Shakti, Government of India (GoI); Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, GoI; Chief Secretary, Government of Gujarat (GoG); Additional Chief Secretary, Forests & Environment Department, GoG; Principal Secretary, Urban Development and Urban Housing Department … Continue reading Prevent anticipated disasters, flooding, and water logging in Vadodara due to negligence

Vishwamitri project proposal for Vadodara problematic, high-handed, is a rushed attempt

Opposing the decision of the authorities for floating tender for “rejuvenation” and “flood mitigation” for the Vishwamitri River in Vadodara, several concerned citizens* have said that this has been done “amidst chaotic conditions in the city, Gujarat and the country, in the wake of the world-wide pandemic, COVID-2019.” In a representation, they said that the … Continue reading Vishwamitri project proposal for Vadodara problematic, high-handed, is a rushed attempt

Criminality of fly ash management: Reliance on coal is rarely assessed against public health costs

By Manju Menon, Debayan Gupta, Kanchi Kohli* On April, 10 2020, the dyke of a fly ash pond of Sasan Ultra Mega Power Project in Singrauli, Madhya Pradesh collapsed. The slurry collected in the pond made its way into agricultural fields and swept away six people, of whom at least two people are reported to be dead. This … Continue reading Criminality of fly ash management: Reliance on coal is rarely assessed against public health costs

Lockdown: Environment may have improved temporarily, what will happen after April 14?

Mahesh Pandya, director, Ahmedabad-based environmental NGO Paryavaran Mitra, having observer status at the UN FCCC and special consultative status at the UN ECOSOC, in a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi has suggested actions to be taken against the backdrop of “positive Impact on environment due to lockdown. Text of the letter, whose copy has … Continue reading Lockdown: Environment may have improved temporarily, what will happen after April 14?