India’s environment approval process is not as independent and based on science as it may appear. The reality is that politics plays an important role in deciding the fates of important projects and the environment clearance process changes every time a new minister takes charge.
The Uttarakhand disaster has exposed many serious infirmities of the state and central government. The complete lack of a disaster management plan is obvious, both at the state and central levels. A lack of any consideration for Uttarakhand’s ecological vulnerability in its development policies and projects is also apparent.
Public Private Partnership (PPP) models in the water sector has fuelled debates about the viability of the model globally. Nivedita Khandekar reports.
The Chinese dams on the Brahmaputra will have significant impact on India, writes Himanshu Thakkar.
The national water body and the State have failed to ensure water governance, writes Himanshu Thakkar.
In many ways, the 2012 assembly elections in Gujarat could be challenging for chief minister Narendra Modi. Himanshu Thakkar
Recent attacks on activists highlight how terror is being used to bring about development, Himanshu Thakkar writes.
At a time when the city is reeling under acute water shortage, experts have questioned the use of the precious commodity for non-essential purposes, especially for non-drinking use.
The National Green Tribunal’s stay on land acquisition for a proposed dam, which is expected to meet almost 25% of Delhi’s water requirements, has been challenged by villagers from Himachal Pradesh, where the project is based. Nivedita Khandekar reports.
Civil society activists have written to Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit opposing what they call an ‘unnecessary’ step for solving Delhi's water woes — the Renuka dam in Himachal Pradesh Giri river, a tributary of Yamuna. Nivedita Khandekar reports.
Should 749 hectares of natural forest, which includes 55 settlements in 34 villages and part of a wildlife sanctuary, be sacrificed to meet Delhi’s ever-increasing need for water? The Experts Assessment Committee of the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) will be meeting this week to decide just that. Nivedita Khandekar
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The trouble today is that, whether we like it or not, every aspect of government decision-making has a significant bearing on the environment, whether directly or indirectly, writes Himanshu Thakkar.