April 2013

69% of salt pans are out of bounds


69% of salt pans are out of bounds

 Nauzer K Bharucha, TNN Apr 26, 2013, 10.02PM IST

Shoreline management plan put in place

 By Express News Service - BHUBANESWAR

28th April 2013 01:41 PM

Odisha is set to become the first State in the country to prepare a Shoreline Management Plan (SMP) after having completed primary data generation on coastal processes through a one-year study of the 480 km coastline.

Wetlands, mudflats shrinking

Nikhil M Ghanekar, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, April 21, 2013

The Mithi river and the Mahim creek in the island city, the western suburbs of Borivli, Gorai, Dahisar and Bhandup, Mulund and Mankhurd in the eastern suburbs have been worst hit by reclamation after 1970, according to an ongoing study by the Maharashtra Transformation Support Unit (MTSU).

Most reclamation has been done in the inter-tidal zone, which comes under coastal regulation zone I, leading to shrinking wetlands and mudflats along these regions, the report states.

Odisha: Chilika development authority bringing in another new concept 'allowable envelope'

 15 April, 2013

Report by IED bureau, Bhubaneswar: Chilika development authority in collaboration with wetlands international is bringing in another new concept "allowable envelope" developed by wetlands international for sustainable management of Chilika Lake . Following is the detailed text about this new initiative by CDA.

Adani project in Mundra has violated environmental norms, rules MoEF committee

Report provides incontrovertible evidence of destruction of mangroves, blocking of creeks and non-compliance of other clearance conditions

Committee recommends effective deterrence through creation of Environment Restoration Fund of Rs 200 crore or 1 per cent of total investment, whichever is higher

Recommends reform of Coastal Zone Regulations and monitoring systems

New Delhi, April 18, 2013:There is incontrovertible evidence that the Adani project – port and SEZ – at Mundra in Gujarat has violated and not complied with environmental clearance conditions. The company has also bypassed environmental procedures in certain cases – says the report of a committee set up by the Union ministry of environment and forests (MoEF) to inspect the project. The committee’s report was officially presented to the Union minister of state for environment and forests, Jayanthi Natarajan, here today.

Adani's Mundra project violates environmental norms: MoEF panel

Thursday, Apr 18, 2013, 17:44 IST | Place: New Delhi | Agency: PTI



There is incontrovertible evidence that Adani project – port and SEZ - at Mundra in Gujarat has violated environmental norms, said an Environment Ministry panel and suggested imposition of penalty on the company for damaging coastal ecosystem. 

The five-member committee, headed by environmentalist Sunita Narain, noted that due to non-compliance of environmental clearance rules by the company, there has been widespread destruction of mangroves and deterioration and loss of creeks near the proposed North Port.

 "Seventy-five hectares of mangroves have been lost in Bocha Island, which was declared as a conservation zone.  The company has not taken precautions to guard against blocking of creeks because of construction activities; satellite imagery shows signs of deterioration and loss of creeks near the proposed North Port," stated the panel report, which was officially presented to Environment Minister Jayanthi Natarajan here today.  The committee asked the government to create an environment restoration fund, which should be one per cent of the project cost (including the cost of the thermal power plant) or Rs200 crore, whichever is higher.  "The fund should be used for remediation of environmental damage in Mundra and for strengthening the regulatory and monitoring systems," it said. 

The panel did not put the project on hold as it observed that it has moved very far but advised the ministry to cancel environmental clearance of the North Port.

Green panel slaps fresh conditions on Posco

, TNN | Apr 16, 2013, 02.38 AM IST

BHUBANESWAR: A high-level committee set up by the Union ministry of environment and forests (MoEF) to review the mega Posco steel project in the state has spelled fresh trouble for the much-hyped project.

TN govt invite bids for green field port in Nagapattinam


The primary and secondary hinterland of the proposed port at Nagapattinam would comprise districts of Perambalur, Villupuram, Salem, Namakkal, Karur, Thanjavur, Thiruvarur and Erode.

The Tamil Nadu government has proposed to invite bids for developing a green field port in Nagapattinam at a cost of Rs. 380 crore.

Mumbai-based i-maritime Consultancy Pvt. Ltd was engaged in the bidding process for developing the port, a policy note tabled in the State Assembly said on Monday.

The bidding process would be initiated based on recommendations of a technical sub-committee headed by Joint Finance Secretary, it said.

Port Trust reclaimed land violating CRZ norms: panel


The Cochin Port Trust (CPT) reclaimed land at Mulavukad (locally known as Bolghatty Island) in violation of Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) guidelines, an expert committee has said.

The committee was appointed by the Kerala State Coastal Zone Management Authority to look into CRZ aspects of the reclaimed land on the island, which was leased out to a business group. The group has proposed a luxury hotel, 572 apartments, a 3,400-seater convention centre, a restaurant and a health club at the site at a cost of around Rs. 380 crore.

The four-member committee comprising N. R. Menon, co-chairman, Nansen Environmental Research Centre India; Eapen Varghese, Chief Town Planner; Kurian Sajan, Dean, School of Marine Sciences, Cochin University of Science and Technology (Cusat); and Kamalakshan Kokkal, Joint Director, Kerala State Council for Science Technology and Environment has reported that the “reclamation was done in 2005-2006 without obtaining proper sanction” from the Coastal Zone Management Authority.