THE NEWS IN PROPORTION
27 April 2017
Environment
CRITICALLY POLLUTED AREAS
Crying out for strong environmental regulator

Himanshu Upadhyaya takes a close look at the Critically Polluted Areas mentioned in a recent CAG audit report on the environmental clearances and post clearance monitoring process of Ministry of Environment.

Environmental Law and Regulation

ENVIRONMENTAL APPROVALS
Environment Ministry to bend over backwards to whitelist illicit projects A new notification from the ministry lays out a process by which illegal units can be granted clearance and “brought into compliance” within the next six months. Manju Menon and Kanchi Kohli report.
Government
WORLD BANK
Funding the coal boom Darryl D’Monte looks into why World Bank through its affiliates continues to fund coal power stations in India despite its claims to contrary.
Madhya Pradesh
RESTRUCTURING WATER ORGANIZATIONS
Creating National Water Commission A recent report suggests merging the Central Water Commission (CWC) and the Central Ground Water Board (CGWB) into a new organisation to be called the National Water Commission. Shripad Dharmadhikary comments on the report.
Water Government
TROUBLE AT ALANG
Graveyard of ships struggles to survive One of the largest ship-breaking yards in the world at Alang in Gujarat is crumbling as the EU Commission and the Supreme Court are now putting pressure to get them to create modern environmentally friendly facilities. If they do not do it, the graveyard of ships will die says Ramesh Menon.
Labour Issues Environmental Hazards GUJARAT
MUMBAI'S WOES
When cities go under Mumbai is closer to finalising its 20-year development plan, from 2014 to 2034. The plan might be hiding more than it reveals, writes Darryl D'Monte.
Urban Cities Urban Poor
DRAFT NATIONAL WATER FRAMEWORK BILL
The right to water for life The Draft National Water Framework Bill, put out for public comments recently, represents an important and progressive step forward despite some shortcomings and challenges involved in its implementation, writes Shripad Dharmadhikary.
Water Government
ON THE WATERFRONT
There's more than meets the Mumbai Eye With the arrival of a new Chairman of Mumbai Port Trust, the redevelopment of port land in Mumbai is being discussed again and like the earlier discussions this one too ignores the real needs of the city and its citizens. Darryl D’Monte elaborates.
Urban Cities
BIO-DIVERSITY ACT
Withering public consultations Per Biological Diversity Act, 2002 before using any Indian biological material for commercial or R&D purposes, public consultation is needed via the local Biodiversity Management Committees (BMCs), which the National Biodiversity Authority wants to do away with. Kanchi Kohli and Shalini Bhutani ask why.
Agriculture Bio Diversity
COAL POWER PLANTS
Water guzzlers in water-stressed areas This summer, stories of the impacts of drought and water scarcity that mostly highlight the conditions of farmers, cattle, domestic water supplies in villages, towns and cities have been regular. What is often not reported is the situation with industries, particularly the coal based thermal power plants, reports Shripad Dharmadhikary.
Economy
NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS
How badly designed and unsafe The 30th and 5th anniversaries this year of the Chernobyl and Fukushima nuclear power plant accidents respectively are the right occasions to examine India’s record in this sector, writes Darryl D’Monte.
Energy Environmental Hazards Government
NUCLEAR DANGER
What Chernobyl and Fukushima remind us On the 30th anniversary of the catastrophic nuclear accident in Chernobyl, one can ignore the lessons – as well as those of the Fukushima plant, only at our peril, writes Darryl D’Monte.
Environmental Hazards
THERMAL POWER PLANTS
New regulations welcome, but the proof will be in the eating New regulations from the environment ministry require coal-based thermal power plants to stick to legally binding limits for water consumption. Shripad Dharmadhikary examines the implications of these rules.
Water Environmental Law and Regulation
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