Chhattisgarh’s ‘No-Go Area’ for Coal Mining Faces the Prospect of Being Opened Up

On September 27, the Parsa Open Cast Mine (OCM) in Chhattisgarh, was on the Expert Appraisal Committee’s (EAC) agenda for consideration of grant of environmental clearance. Parsa is one of 30 coal blocks in the Hasdeo Arand, an intact area of dense forest cover in central India. In 2009, the entire area was termed as a “No-Go Area” for coal mining based on a joint study conducted by the Ministry of Coal and Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC). Read more

Courtesy: The Wire

NGT to Haryana Govt: What’s your stand on Aravalli realty?

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Tuesday directed Haryana government to submit its stand on a 2017 Union environment ministry report that stated that a housing project of Bharti Land Ltd. in Aravallis, Faridabad district, was proposed on ‘deemed’ forest land. The deadline for the report has been set to September 30. The Tribunal also directed the ministry to submit its final report on the issue during the next hearing on November 12. Read more

Courtesy: DNA

Group taps CM on unabated mining

Shillong: Illegal coal mining and transportation is still on in spite of the ban by the National Green Tribunal, a group has alleged in a petition to Meghalaya chief minister Conrad K. Sangma.

The Wildlife and Environment Protection Group from West Jaiñtia Hills, in the petition, alleged that in spite of the serious effort by the NGT to preserve the environment, there are brisk coal-mining activities and environmental destruction at various places all over the state. Read more

Courtesy: The Telegraph

How Haryana has failed the Aravalis

In 1900, the British had the foresight to realise that the survival of the hilly areas could be at risk without ecological safeguards. So, they introduced a land preservation act. The undivided Punjab state government continued the protection for the hills. However, after the formation of Haryana, the Aravalis have come under major threat with repeated attempts to dilute the legal cover, notwithstanding a few efforts in the 1970s and 1990s to notify some areas under the Punjab Land Preservation Act (PLPA) Read more

Courtesy: Times of India

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