‘Without tribal society, environmental protection is incomplete’

Due to the lack of clean drinking water, two lakh people die every year. Moreover, 54 percent of India’s groundwater sources / wells are drying up.

By 2020, groundwater is expected to end in 21 major cities of the country. In India, there are ongoing disputes between the 11 states regarding water, like the Cauvery water dispute between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.

These crises grew when the government stood in favour of an open and uncontrolled market. On the other hand, Delhi’s air has not been viable to breathe. 26 states of the country believe that desertification is growing at a fast pace. Approximately 30 percent of the country has come under the scope of desertification, where dust storms are rising at an unprecedented speed. Read more

Courtesy: ANI

Mining rehabilitation plan to be revised yet again

The Reclamation and Rehabilitation Plan proposed for residents of villages ravaged by mining activities, under the Comprehensive Environment Plan for Mining Impact Zone (CEPMIZ), is going to be revised again for the fourth time.

The first plan for Rs. 1,590 crore was proposed in November 2014 to be implemented in three years. It was revised in February 2016 with an increased outlay of Rs. 3,700 crore, to be implemented in five years.

It was revised further with an outlay for Rs. 4,500 crore. Read more

Courtesy: The Hindu

क्या बुलेट ट्रेन परियोजना का मौजूदा प्लान किसान ही नहीं बल्कि जापान के साथ भी धोखा है?

एक केंद्र शासित प्रदेश (दादरा नगर हवेली), दो राज्य (गुजरात, महाराष्ट्र), 312 गांव, 850 हेक्टेयर जमीन, पांच हजार से ज्यादा किसान परिवार और एक प्रोजेक्ट यानी बुलेट ट्रेन. बीते साल जापान के प्रधानमंत्री शिंजो आबे के साथ मिलकर इस प्रोजेक्ट का उद्घाटन करने के बाद प्रधानमंत्री नरेंद्र मोदी ने कहा था कि बुलेट ट्रेन भारत को एक नई रफ्तार देगी. उनका यह भी कहना था कि यूरोप से लेकर चीन तक हाईस्पीड ट्रेनों ने अर्थव्यवस्था में एक अहम भूमिका निभाई है.

लेकिन अपनी शुरुआत से ही मोदी सरकार की यह महत्वाकांक्षी परियोजना चर्चाओं से ज्यादा विवादों में घिरी रही है. इसके ऐलान के बाद से ही कई सामाजिक और किसान संगठन – फिलहाल इसकी जरूरत, जापान से मिलने वाले कर्ज की ब्याज की दर और इसके लिए भूमि अधिग्रहण के तरीकों पर बड़े सवाल उठाते रहे हैं. Read more

Courtesy: Satyagraha.scroll.in

Goa allows dirty coal handling facility to restart so it can study how bad the pollution actually is

Goa’s pollution control agency has decided to allow the JSW group to import coal through the state, less than a year after it filed a criminal case against the company and banned its operations for violating air quality laws. A fresh permit, known as “consent to operate”, would be issued to the company to handle four million tonnes of coal each year, the Goa State Pollution Control Board announced on June 29.

The decision is a setback to the growing public movement against the transport of large quantities of coal through the state. Since last year, several village panchayats have passed resolutions demanding that coal handling be banned in the state. Civil society organisations have raised concerns about air pollution as a result of coal dust, the loss of livelihoods this could cause for small fishermen and the risk it could pose to endangered marine species. Read more

Courtesy: Scroll.in

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