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Environment activism hit projects

india Updated: Aug 25, 2010 11:01 IST

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Here is a brief detail of other projects hit due to environment activism.

Posco Steel Plant, Orissa

Cost: Rs 54,000 crore
Violation: Rights of traditional forest dwellers not met.
Action: Acquisition of land stopped, four-member fact-finding committee constituted.
Response: Their rights have been settled.

Jindal Bauxite mining project, Andhra Pradesh

Cost: Rs 10,000 crore
Violation: Locals have alleged that Forest Rights Act has not been implemented.
Action: Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh said the allegations would be examined at the time of considering the project for environment clearance.
Response: The company denies the allegations.

Narmada Dam Project, Gujarat, MP and Maharashtra

Cost: Spent more than Rs 50,000 crore.
Violation: Improper relief and rehabilitation of displaced done, especially in Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh.
Action: Environment ministry has constituted Y.K. Alagh committee to examine the alleged violations.
Response: Relief and rehabilitation being done in accordance with environment clearance conditions.

Jindal Power Plant, Chhattisgarh

Cost: Rs 10,000 crore
Violation: Started building the plant at an alternative site without taking final clearance of the ministry.
Action: Initial environment clearance suspended.
Response: No such construction had taken place.

Careamol Iron Ore mining, Goa

Cost: Rs 1,000 crore
Violation: Mining permission given without mandatory public consultation
Action: environment clearance suspended.
Response: Public view was taken place.

Nagarjuna Construction Limited’s power project, Andhra Pradesh

Estimated Cost: More than Rs 10,000 crore
Violations: Wetlands was shown as wasteland for obtaining environment clearance.
Action: Environment clearance suspended, ministry Expert Appraisal Committee to examine report on alleged irregularities.
Response: The maps shown were of government agencies.

Power projects, Uttarakhand

Estimated cost: More than Rs 10,000 crore
Violations: Projects were proposed in ecologically sensitive areas.
Action: A GoM last week scrapped NTPC’s Loharinag Pala Project on Bhagirathi and earlier Forest Advisory Committee rejected the corporation’s Rupsiabagar-Kasiyabara hydo project in Pithoragarh district. Proposals of three other projects have also been rejected.
Response: State agrees to no project in eco-sensitive areas but wants financial compensation for protecting green zones.