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CAG validates concerns about shoddy environmental appraisal of Dams

In an unprecedented first ever Audit report, the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) which recently conducted Performance Audit on ‘Environmental Clearance and Post Clearance Monitoring’ has unambiguously stated that the existing processes for grant of Environmental Clearance are…

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DRP News Bulletin 23 Jan. 2017 (Unjustified Ken-Betwa Link Costs: Bundelkhand To Gain Nothing, Panna To Lose Its Tigers)

SANDRP Blog Little for Bundelkhand, lot for contractors in Ken Betwa river-link The official executive summary of the Detailed Project Report of KBLRP on NWDA website says: “The main objective of the Ken-Betwa link project is to make available water…

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Little for Bundelkhand, lot for contractors in Ken Betwa river-link

Union Environment Minister Anil Madhav Dave on January 5, 2017 reportedly told a meeting called by his ministry of non-official members of statutory bodies like expert appraisal committees and forest advisory committee, “How can we hold up development and not…

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Ken Betwa Link: Letter to Water Resources Minister and EAC in Dec 2016

December 27, 2016 To Union Minister of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Govt of India, New Delhi   Copy to Ministers of State (MoWR), Secretary (MOWR), OSD (MoWR), PS to MoWR   Respected Uma Bharati ji,    We…

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What ails DPR and EIA of Ken-Betwa Link Project: A Note for EAC of MoEF&CC

Above: Ken River in PTR – Glimpse of long deep gorge (Photo by RS Murthy, former Field Director of PTR) Guest Blog by Hemendra Singh Panwar (Padma Bhushan, director of Project Tiger (1981-85 and first director of Wildlife Institute of India (1985-94) My professional conscience impels me…

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Letter to MoEF Expert Appraisal Committee: Reject Ken Betwa Proposal

August 21, 2015 To: Chairman and Members, Expert Appraisal Committee on River Valley Projects, Union Ministry of Environment and Forests, New Delhi Subject: Concerns about Ken Betwa River Link Proposal Respected Chairman and Members, The agenda for the Aug 24-25,…

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Shoddy EIA by WAPCOS Tries to Push Unjustifiable Bansujara Irrigation Project in Madhya Pradesh

The EIA of the Bansujara Multipurpose Project (BMP) dated May 2013 by WAPCOS has been submitted for Environment Clearance of the project before the Expert Appraisal Committee on River Valley Projects, in Nov 2013. WAPCOS is known to do very…

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Jan 2013 issue of “Dams, Rivers & People”

Highlights of  the Jan 2013 issue As “Dams, Rivers & People” completes ten years, we are happy to bring it to you in brand new format. Please do let us know how you like it. Analysis of MOEF’s EAC on…

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