Category: MoEF (Ministry of Environment and Forests)

Proposed Maharashtra Telangana Inter-state Water sharing Agreement of Aug 23, 2016: In complete violation of people’s rights & environmental laws of India


Maharashtra & Telangana governments, it has been announced, will be signing a pact for three irrigation projects to be constructed on River Godavari. Under the agreement, the two states would take up Tummidihatti, Medigadda (Kaleswaram) and Chanaka–Korata projects. Chief Minister…

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Transparency in Environment Governance? Expert Meeting on River Projects does not have documents in open domain

Protest against big dams – KMSS (Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti) members protesting in Pandu Ghat in Guwahati  against the ship carrying the turbines for the Lower Subansiri project.  

Above: Protest against Lower Subansiri Project in Assam. Basin Study of Lower Subansiri is also a part of intense debate in Assam. Now these studies are under wraps by the MoEF and CC Non-transparent Environment Governance does not help anyone,…

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The New License Raj: License to Violate Environmental Laws through Environmental Supplemental Plan

Sonthi Barrage in Karnataka

Above: Sonthi Barrage in Karnataka standing without Environmental Clearance The Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change has issued a Draft Notification which aims to “regularise” projects which have violated the basic tenet of Environment Law and Governance in the…

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REJECT Draft Wetland Rules 2016: Designed to destroy wetlands


While the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change never implemented Wetland (Conservation and Management) Rules 2010, it has now brought out a new and seriously watered down Draft Wetland Rules 2016. The New Rules can jeopardise wetland conservation in…

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Farmers, Rivers and the Environment in Union Budget 2016-17


Above: Canals of Tillari Project, on of the AIBP Project supported in Union Budget 2016-17, unused and derelict Photo: Parineeta Dandekar Massive expenditure on Large Dams will only help contractors The Union Budget 2016-17 presented by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley…

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Cumulative Impact Assessment documents not in public domain anymore? Letter to MoEF and CC


Even as the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change has been sanctioning cascades of hydropower projects on here-to free flowing rivers in the Himalaya and North East India, Cumulative Assessment of the Impacts of these projects became a crucial area…

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NGT Quashes MoEF’s Office Memoranda on violating projects: Large number of irrigation projects of Maharashtra & Karnataka affected


Press Release                                                 08.07.2015 In a landmark judgement, the Hon. National Green Tribunal has quashed the Office…

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Krishna Marathwada Scheme receives Environmental Clearance WITHOUT Water Availability!


Why is the Maharashtra Govt and the MoEF misleading people of Marathwada? Press Release 29.06.15 On the 24th June 2015, the Union Ministry for Forests, Environment and Climate Change (MoEF for short) granted Environmental Clearance[1] to Krishna Marathwada Lift Irrigation…

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Two years of Uttarakhand Flood Disaster of June 2013: Why is state & centre gambling with the Himalayas, the Ganga & lives of millions?

Child at Ganga Photo with thanks

Its two years since Uttarakhand faced its worst ever flood disaster during June 15-17, 2013. We remember such tragedies to ensure that we learn the necessary lessons. So that in future such tragedies are not repeated or their dimensions are…

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Yettinahole diversion Project (literally) holds no water

The Yettinahole Stream, close to location of proposed weir. Photo: Parineeta Dandekar

Above: The modest Yettinahole Stream, close to location of proposed weir. Photo: Parineeta Dandekar ~~~ Debate over Yettinahole Diversion Project has been raging in Karnataka for more than two years now. While Dakshin Kannada has been rightly raising issues of…

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