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Open Letter of Protest on Ken Betwa Project to MoEF

Above: Part of proposed Ken-Betwa link submergence area (Photo by Joanna Van Gruisen) To: Shri. Anil Madhav Dave Honourable Minister of State (Independent Charge), Ministry of Environment, Forest, and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) Indira Paryavaran Bhawan, Jor Bagh Road, New Delhi – 110003 May…

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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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State plans to take up Human dam in eco-sensitive region of Vidarbha while existing projects in vicinity remain incomplete

(Above: Location of Proposed Human Dam and the tiger Corridor cutting across (Map by GREENPEACE) ( Source:http://www.greenpeace.org/india/Global/india/report/2011/Report-Undermining-Tadoba’s-Tigers.pdf) While Vidarbha Irrigation Development Corporation (VIDC) has been undergoing inquiry by Anti Corruption Bureau and facing a Public Interest Litigation for financial irregularities…

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Open Letter to NBWL Standing Committee Members: Why NBWL should not consider Ken Betwa River Link Proposal

Above: A fabulous view of Ken river. Nesting sites of Long-billed vultures are to the right. All will go under water if Ken-Betwa linkup is carried out, Photo by AJT Johnsingh November 3, 2015 To Chairman & Members, NBWL Standing Committee, MoEF&CC, New…

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“We want a robust National Board for Wildlife”: Submission from several organisations and individuals

4 August 2014  To, Shri. Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India and Chairperson, National Board for Wildlife Shri. Prakash Javadekar, Minister of State of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (IC) and Chairperson, Standing Committee, National Board for Wildlife Shri. V. Rajagopalan,…

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Problematic functioning of Maharashtra State Wildlife Board

Maharashtra SBWL The State Board for Wildlife has been formed under the Section 6 of the Wildlife Protection Act (1972) (and its subsequent Amendment in 2002) in all states of the country. The main functions of this Board are conservation…

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Mockery of ESAs in Sikkim: When Governments Collude to Violate Laws

In a clever move initiated by the MOEF and assisted by Arunachal Pradesh Government, aimed at bypassing the need of the compulsory clearance from the National Board of Wildlife (NBWL), the Environment Ministry has slashed the protective zone around the…

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Open letter to Rahul Gandhi as he lays foundation stone of Parwan Dam: A Dam meant for thermal power projects

Reports[1] indicate that Congress leader Rahul Gandhi is to lay foundation stone for the controversial Parwan Irrigation Project in Jhalawar district in Rajasthan (see the map above, taken from Down to Earth), before speaking at public meeting in Baran district on…

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