July 2011

India announces environment regulator

India will set up an environment regulator to bring in a "complete change" in the process of granting clearances for industries.

PM Manmohan Singh said the regulator would also ensure the compliance of "green norms" by industry.

India's environment ministry has been often embroiled in controversy over how to balance development with the preservation of the environment.

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IIT Madras team to study coastal erosion in Orissa

Kendrapada: A three-member team of oceanography experts from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Chennai, made an on-the-spot inspection to conduct a comprehensive study of the erosion- prone coast at Pentha under Rajnagar block. 

According to official sources, the experts have decided for a thorough scientific study of the erosion-hit coastline along the Pentha coast.

As a result, the much- awaited geo-tube sea wall project at Pentha is likely to be delayed further, Saline Embankment official sources said.

The team would study the beach profile, moisture content of sandy particles, morphology of the eroded beach, intensity, frequency and velocity of the waves. Under the sea wall project, India's first geo-tube sea wall will be erected. 

The World Bank has earmarked Rs 19 crore to the state water resources department under Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) programme for setting up the GFT technology- based sea wall, said executive engineer (saline embankment) JK Tripathy.
In April last, a team of World Bank personnel had visited the 700-metre vulnerable embankment at Pentha for studying the problem created by the sea eroding its coast.

Gahirmatha fishermen in the dark: Greenpeace

BHUBANESWAR: As a component of the Integrated Coastal Zone Management Project (ICZMP), Orissa government has initiated a project to make available alternate livelihood options to traditional fishermenaffected by fishing ban. However, most of the villagers in the coastal zone don't have any idea about such a project, revealed a study conducted byGreenpeace India and United Artists' Association (UAA), a voluntary organization working on conservation issues. 

Fishworkers' forum to observe protest day

MARGAO: The National Fishworkers' Forum, a federation of state-level trade unions, will observe August 9 as 'Quit India' Remembrance National Protest Day in all coastal states to bring to fore pertinent issues of fish workers and the country's ecology. 

This was decided at a two-day conference at Colva where fishing community representatives and leaders from across coastal India discussed and responded to challenges on CRZ notification 2011. 

A functional Green Tribunal

 On February 11, 2009, the Delhi High Court in its order in C.M. No. 15895 / 2005 in Writ Petition Number 17682 / 2005 relating to the National Environment Appellate Authority (“the NEAA”) had vehemently said the following.