One morning on a motorboat journey from Rampura village to Dhavdikund on the Narmada river, we heard the first sounds of some blasting. Our boatman Raju and Roshanlal Yadav told us it was dynamite used by fishermen to kill fish making the catch ...
The divide is sharp. While the Centre wants to study and clear the environmental impact of every large construction project, builders think it is an unnecessary layer of regulation and all clearances should be done at the urban local body level.
The governing body meeting of the Convention on Biological Diversity was held in Brazil in March. Since being one of the most pro-active countries in the formulation of the CBD, India has been gradually losing its leadership role in the last few years. Kanchi Kohli elaborates.
Unmindful of evidence that Nalwa Sponge Iron Limited had started civil works for its expansion without environmental clearance, Chattisgarh officials rush through a public hearing to review the new project. An operation that is already violating regulations is given the merit of due process for its expansion under the same law, notes Kanchi Kohli.