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DRP News Bulletin 16 Jan. 2016 (MoEF’s Expert Committee Shows Anti-People, Anti-Environment Biases)

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EAC against entertaining ‘anti-development’ representations The expert appraisal committee (EAC) on river valley and hydel projects of the Union Environment Ministry has decided “not to take any cognizance of such representations” received by its members. In its Dec. 30, 2016…

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Yamuna River 2016: Unjustified Dams, Hydro Projects

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The first part of 3-part blog series throws light on impact of dams and hydro projects in upper reaches of the River and the imminent dangers of climate change that have jeopardized the entire eco-system around the Yamuna rivers.  The…

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River Sand Mining in India in 2016-II- Governments Show no Will to Regulate

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  In the second part of three-part blog series SANDRP presents an overview of steps taken by Central and State Governments on this issue of river sand mining practices in the year 2016. CENTRAL GOVERNMENT The year 2016 started with…

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River Sand Mining in India in 2016

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For past many years, incidents of illegal river sand mining across the country are on the rise. Given its resultant and adverse impact on river system and dependent communities, various state and central governments continue to go through the motions…

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Sutlej Yamuna Link Row:  Chronology of Events

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The SYL Row has been going on inconclusively for over last about 50 years. The matter also has been languishing in SC for last 40 years without any resolution. The seemingly unending disputes have been raising questions in the mind…

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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.  
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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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HIMACHAL PRADESH HYDROPOWER PROJECTS IN 2015

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Himachal Pradesh in Northern India is foremost among Indian states in pushing large hydropower projects. It has operating hydropower projects with total installed capacity of 7970 MW, under construction hydropower with 2216 MW and largest capacity projects under consideration for…

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GROUND WATER CRISIS DEEPENED IN INDIA IN 2015

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Groundwater issues made news repeatedly in the year 2015. The year saw a 14 per cent deficit in southwest monsoon increasing the dependence on ground water for agricultural, industrial and domestic use. The falling water table and pollution of surface…

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Kinnaur in crisis; Sheer Negligence in hydro projects claiming lives. Who is accountable?

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Above: Entirely destabilised house next to 100 MW Sorang HEP transmission lines Photo: Sumit Mahar Immediate Press Statement from Himdhara 02/12/15 In the last two weeks a half a dozen lives have been lost in the Kinnaur region alone in three separate…

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Sorang Hydropower disaster: Will we learn any lessons?

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Google Earth Image of the Area  A burst in penstock pipe of 100 MW Sorang hydro power project (HEP) in Kinnaur, Himachal Pradesh have played havoc with the lives and livelihoods of people of Burang and surrounding villages. On surface…

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