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Safeguard Implementation: How Can We Make It More Meaningful? Assessment of the South Asia Experience

Published Date: 
06/2015

/ In 2009,the Asian Development Bank released its Safeguard Policy Statement, which addresses requirements for proper consideration of all potential environmental and social issues associated with the development projects that it funds.

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Coca-Cola's second largest bottling plant in India has been shut down

Date of Release: 
Aug 18 2016

The bottling plant in Hapur has been under scrutiny by the National Green Tribunal India's ‘Green Court ‘– since 2015, and a number of inspections by government regulators have found the plant to be flouting environmental laws in India, and also operating without valid licenses, or No Objection Certificate (NOC).

Egregious Pollution

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Government to revive Versova-Bandra Sea Link project

Date of Release: 
May 19 2016

Opposition from environmentalists as well as residents and various problems during execution of Coastal Road between Bandra and Versova is making the state government revive its Versova-Bandra Sea Link project despite having scrapped the entire sea link project on Mumbai's Western Coast.

Therefore, there is a possibility of a Coastal Road that snakes from South Mumbai to Kandivli — completely skipping the Bandra-Versova section.

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Action against THDC If Found Guilty: NGT

Date of Release: 
May 18 2016

The managing director of Tehri Hydro Development Corporation (THDC) would be liable and would be dealt with in accordance with the law in case of default in the 444 MW capacity Vishnugad-Peepalkoti hydro electric project. This was stated recently by the National Green Tribunal while hearing on a case of Vimal Bhai versus Tehri Hydro Development Corporation, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change and the Government of Uttarakhand.

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NGT notice to UP govt for illegal sand-mining in Sambhal

Date of Release: 
May 17 2016

Bareilly: The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Monday directed chief secretary of Uttar Pradesh, director of state level environment impact assessment authority, district magistrate and senior superintendent ,of police, Sambhal to file a response on the issue of illegal sand-mining in Sambhal district.

The application, claiming that sand mafias are carrying on mining at the banks of river Ganga in Ishampur village of Sambhal district, was filed by a social activist on April 8.

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527 projects waiting for environmental clearances: Centre

Date of Release: 
May 10 2016

Over 500 projects in various sectors are pending for environmental clearances, the Lok Saha was informed today.

"The number of projects under consideration in the Ministry for Environmental clearances are 527. The proposals are processed for approval as per the provisions under the Environment Impact Assessment Notification, 2006. These projects are accorded approval within the stipulated time frame and after receiving requisite document from the Project Proponent and state government," Union Environment minister Prakash Javadekar told the Lok Saha in a written reply.

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Anjuna locals oppose Rs1000-crore Chapora riverfront project, demand EIA

Date of Release: 
May 30 2016

Anjuna villagers on Sunday opposed a new multipurpose project in river Chapora and demanded that an environmental impact assessment (EIA) study be conducted.

During the gram sabha, the issue of the proposed Chapora riverfront project comprising marinas, ferry terminal, a tourist village, museum and aquarium, costing Rs 1000 crore, was raised when a villager said that “the project will not benefit the village instead will affect the activity of traditional fishermen.”

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ECoR asked to pay Rs 50 lakh for violating pollution norm

Date of Release: 
May 28 2016

Bhubaneswar: The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed the East Coast Railway (ECoR) to pay Rs 50 lakh for operating Jakhapura Railway Siding in Jajpur district without taking consent from the Odisha State Pollution Control Board (OSPCB).

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Convert to natural gas, UP pollution control board tells industries

Date of Release: 
May 29 2016

In order to reduce air pollution levels, the Uttar Pradesh pollution control board (UPPCB) has issued directions to industries in Ghaziabad and Hapur districts to present within 120 days a workplan to convert from solid fuels to compressed natural gas (CNG) or piped natural gas (PNG).

According to officials from the regional pollution control department at Ghaziabad, the notices were issued to nearly 281 industrial units in Ghaziabad and another 36 units in Hapur on the directions of the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).

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Calls for action mount as six Indian cities hit top 10 of air pollution

Date of Release: 
May 12 2016

Environmental campaigners in India have called for the government to implement a “stringent, time-bound” plan to curb air pollution in cities, as a new World Health Organisation report suggests that six of the 10 most polluted cities in the world are in India.

The report, which contains data from 795 cities in 67 countries between 2008 and 2013, shows Indian cities have some of the highest concentrations of particulate pollution, which can cause fatal damage to the heart and lungs.

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