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

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

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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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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Digging Our Rivers’ Graves?

A summary analysis of the ecological impacts of the National Waterways Bill (2015) – Nachiket Kelkar (rainmaker.nsk@gmail.com)  Introduction: The National Waterways Bill (NWB, Bill No. 122 of 2015) was tabled by the current central government’s Minister of Transport and Shipping,…

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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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Remembering Wetlands on World Environment Day

Above: Wetlands in Western Ghats Photo: Parineeta Dandekar On this World Environment Day, a number of images leap to mind from the past year: Prime Minister of India performing the famous Ganga Arati after elections to new species of fish…

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