Govt now set to bypass tribal rights to fast-track mining projects

Environment ministry says consent of tribals and settlement of land rights are not required at the time of giving initial go-ahead to projects coming up on tribals’ traditional land

The Union environment ministry has eased the process for granting ‘forest clearance’ to fast-track mining and other industrial projects that fall on the traditional land of tribal people. Such projects will now not require consent of the tribal communities at the primary stage of their approval by the ministry. FRA-news-20-12-2018

Courtesy: Business Standard

NGT orders reopening of Vedanta copper plant in Tamil Nadu’s Thoothukudi

The National Green Tribunal has set aside the Tamil Nadu Government’s order closing down the Vedanta-owned Sterlite Copper factory in Thoothukudi, Tamil Nadu.

The Tribunal has also directed the state pollution control board to renew a key licence, Consent To Operate, and remove other hurdles subject to fulfilment of certain conditions, within three weeks from now. Read more

Courtesy: The Economic Times

‘States must raise voice for conserving Western Ghats’

“Even though various committees appointed by central government including Kasturirangan committee has recommended declaration of 57,000 sq km area as ecologically sensitive zone, it has not been implemented by successive governments,” said Kalidasan. WG is put under severe stress and water availability in future would depend on how effectively the issue is addressed, he said adding WG is the only source of water for south India. Read more

Courtesy: The Times of India

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