August 2013

Green Tribunal bans beach sand mining in coastal States

The National Green Tribunal has decided to set up an expert committee to carry out orders it may pass in future and to prepare a comprehensive report on illegal sand mining.

The committee will carry out comprehensive zoning and mapping to delineate areas where mining could be permitted and to what extent.

Hearing a case filed by the NGT Bar Association, the Tribunal on Wednesday banned beach sand mining in the coastal States, citing specific instances in Tamil Nadu and Kerala. The NGT Bench ordered the Chief Secretaries of the two States to file a report on the issue.

In the case in Gautam Buddh Nagar, Uttar Pradesh, the Bench headed by Tribunal Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar noted that illegal mining continued despite earlier court orders and asked the Deputy Commissioner and the Superintendent of Police to show cause why action should not be taken against them for letting the practice to continue.

Appeal to public

The sand management challenge


As the operations of organised gangs that seek to make a killing out of the insatiable demand for sand are in focus, environmental concerns posed by indiscriminate mining grow. Nitin Sethi discusses the imperatives.

Should India have a river regulatory zone, on the lines of the coastal regulatory zone, to manage development and mining activity? The devastation in Uttarakhand, and the controversy over the sand mafia’s control on river beds, have revived the question. The Union Ministry of Environment is waking up to it.

River ecologies, whether in coastal Kerala or hilly Uttarakhand, are changing. Stopping such change along and in rivers may be utopian, but a regulatory regime that maintains a balance between natural systems and development is needed.

Gujarat recommend NPCIL's nuclear power plant for CRZ clearance

Premal Balan  |  Ahmedabad  August 5, 2013 Last Updated at 17:03 IST

Govt hopes to get coastal regulatory zone nod for Bhadbhut barrage project

Rajeev Khanna, Aug 5, 2013, 12.33 AM IST

Activists want to compare old and new coastal maps

Nikhil M Ghanekar , Hindustan Times  Mumbai, August 05, 2013



Citizens fighting to save Mumbai’s coastal ecology will have to wait longer to scrutinise the new coastal zone management plan (CZMP) maps, as the civic body is yet to send its feedback on the draft version of these maps.

The old CZMP maps, finalised in 2000, expired sixth months ago as per the coastal regulation zone (CRZ) notification, 2011.

The state government had asked the Institute of Remote Sensing (IRS), Chennai, to prepare the new maps on a scale of 1:4000, which provides finer resolution while classifying and demarcating coastal areas.

Adani's ship recycling project faces opposition from villagers

 Group's proposed new  facility within the Adani Port and Special Economic Zone () in Kutch has faced opposition from villagers during an environment public hearing held on July 30 in Tunda village of