June 2013

Soil erosion brings untold misery to villagers




Farm land being washed away regularly by surging sea waves at Chinna Gollapalem

“Every year the sea is taking away our land. Many families have lost their livelihood due to the nature’s fury. If there is a major cyclone or calamity, the loss will be severe. We are living under constant fear,” said villagers of Chinna Gollapalem.

New report on POSCO - who's listening?

4 June 2013 - “It is undisputed that as of today the Project Proponent does not have Environmental Clearance (EC). In fact by earlier judgment of the Tribunal, the permission granted to the Project Proponent was kept under suspension and it was to remain in force till an appropriate order in review or otherwise was passed by the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) on the recommendations of the Expert Committee. It is stated on Affidavit before us that proceedings are still pending and therefore EC in favour of the Project Proponent remains suspended.

Rising temperatures, Excessive rainfall, heat extremes no longer distant risks: World Bank

By Urmi A Goswami, ET Bureau | 20 Jun, 2013, 11.16AM IST

Managing disaster in India, not a cake walk

Posted by: Pallavi Sengupta Updated: Thursday, June 20, 2013, 11:23 [IST]

Andaman tsunami warning system can alert in 3 minutes: Scientist

By PTI | 12 Jun, 2013, 10.01AM IST

PORT BLAIR: The Early Tsunami Warning System installed at Rangachang inAndaman and Nicobar Islands can predict a tsunami immediately after an earthquake, Chief Scientist of National Institute of Ocean Technology Vinith Kumar said. 

Chennai's Point Calimere wildlife sanctuary gets bigger

, TNN | Jun 5, 2013, 02.40 AM IST

Groyne construction subject to survey

A survey will be undertaken ahead of plans to construct a groyne at Uvari in the district as a protection against sea erosion.

This was decided at a meeting held at the Collectorate here on Tuesday.

The State government is keen on constructing the groyne to protect coastal hamlets around the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project (KKNPP) site under the Rs.500-crore special package programme as most of the villages face the threat of sea erosion.

Collector C. Samayamoorthy held talks with representatives from Uvari — one of the beneficiary villages under this programme. The officials said that the proposed groyne for Uvari would be constructed at a cost of Rs. 45 crore between St. Antony’s Shrine in the west and Selvamatha Church in the east so that fiberglass boats could be anchored safely.

Bandra slum revamp gets nod from coastal authority

Ketaki Ghoge, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, May 28, 2013

A slum redevelopment project at Bandra by Hub Town Limited that was struck down by the Centre for violating environmental norms has now got relief from the National Green Tribunal (NGT), the body that settles environment disputes.

Following the NGT order, the state coastal body last month reviewed the project and withdrew its earlier stop-work notice, clearing decks for a multi storey building. This order could potentially give relief to 50-odd projects cleared by Slum Rehabili-tation Authority before 2002, before coastal clearances from the Centre became mandatory.



No agency ready to draw up state’s coastal maps

ADAM HALLIDAY : Ahmedabad, Tue May 28 2013, 04:41 hrs

Gujarat, which has nearly one-third of the country's total coastline length, is facing a curious problem: Not a single scientific agency authorised to prepare the Coastal Zone Management Plans (CZMP) has agreed to draw up maps for the state's coast. These maps are necessary for determining which stretch can be used for what purpose, including industrial development.

The situation has made the Gujarat Coastal Zone Management Authority (GCZMA) members sit up and take note. At a recent meeting, they rued: "None of the agencies, authorized by the Ministry of Environment and Forests, is ready for taking the task of preparing the Coastal Zone Management Plan for Gujarat."