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EIA report by project authorities is a joke, Public Hearing on Polavaram dam soon మార్చి 19, 2011

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in agitation, Andhrapreneurship, Bhadrachalam, Congress, corruption, Economy, Godavari, heritage, Koya, Polavaram, politics.
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Present system of environmental assessment flawed: Ramesh
The Pioneer, March 19, 2011 10:40:27 PM

PTI | Hyderabad

Admitting that the present system of preparing environmental assessment report is flawed, Environment and Forest Minister Jairam Ramesh today said the Ministry would now seek third-party opinion to evaluate the projects.

He also informed that the Ministry would soon map the wetland areas in the country to formulate a better definition of the same.

The Minister said the present system of preparing environmental assessment report is flawed and the Ministry itself would take third party opinion on environment in projects like coal, power and construction of ports.

“We have done the satellite mapping of all wet lands in the country. We have wetland atlas of every state which will be released by month-end. So far we did not follow scientific approach of wetland management as in revenue record, wet land is recorded as waste land. All these are legacies of the past. We will clean up the system,” the Minister told reporters on the sidelines of Green Landscape Summit-2011 organised by CII.

He also ridiculed the present system of preparing the environmental assessment report by the company itself which is proposing to set up a project.

“Environmental impact assessment report is bit of joke. I admit it publicly. In our system the person who is putting up the project will be preparing the assessment report. I have been very concerned about this. Supreme Court has also expressed its concern,” Ramesh said. (మరింత…)

Now Environment Minister Ramesh requests Polavaram Dam height reduced మార్చి 6, 2011

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Andhra, Andhrapreneurship, Bhadrachalam, Congress, corruption, Godavari, heritage, Kakatiya, Khammam, Koya, livelihoods, Polavaram, politics, ST, TDP, Telangana, TRS, Vishakapatnam.
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Ramesh wants Polavaram Dam height reduced
Chetan Chauhan, Hindustan Times, New Delhi, March 05, 2011

Four months after issuing a notice to Andhra Pradesh government on south India’s biggest dam project, Polavaram, Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh wants to reduce the dam’s height to end confrontation between Andhra and its two neighbouring states – Orissa and Chhattisgarh. The state Government has decided to retain the 150-ft height for the dam of the Polavaram project, which many believe can lead to submergence of villages in naxal struck Malkangiri in Orissa and Dantewada in Chhattisgarh and provide ammunition to naxals.

The decision taken on recommendation of a nine-member committee by Preetam Singh, former Chairman of the Central Water Commission (CWC), has irked the two state governments, who alleged they were not consulted before deciding to increase the height by about 60 meters.

Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh in a letter to Ramesh had complained that increasing the height would lead to huge submergence of land area in Dantewada as compared to environment clearance condition that only four villages will be affected. (మరింత…)

Is MoEF serious about action against Polavaram? నవంబర్ 6, 2010

Posted by Telangana Utsav in Bhadrachalam, corruption, Culture, Koya, livelihoods, Polavaram, politics.
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Jairam’s ministry after Polavaram project now
The Economic Times, 2 November 2010

NEW DELHI: The environment ministry has sought an explanation from the Andhra Pradesh government for beginning work on the on the Polavaram irrigation project without complete environmental clearance. The ministry has asked Andhra why a public hearing on the project has not been held despite repeated reminders stretching over a year-and-a-half. The notice asks the state government to explain why a formal show-cause should not be issued.

The Polavaram irrigation project was given environmental clearance in October 2005. The project was subsequently referred to the ministry by the Central Water Commission in January, 2009, before it was taken up for consideration by the technical committee of the commission.

At that time, the proposal included construction of bunds and embankments on River Saberi and River Sileru to avoid submergence in Orissa and Chhattisgarh. The embankments were not part of the proposal cleared by the appraisal committee of the environment ministry. As a result, the expert appraisal committee took up the amended proposal for consideration in February, 2009. (మరింత…)