Public hearing for NTPC 4,000 MW project held amid protests

Environmental public hearing by Andhra Pradesh Pollution Control Board (APPCB) on NTPC's 4,000 MW coal-fired power plant began amid protests by project-affected people at Pudimadaka, about 60 km from Visakhapatnam on Wednesday.

District Collector N. Yuvaraj noted down proceedings amid heavy rain and unprecedented security. The public hearing was held at project site after a spokesman of Hyderabad-based Vimta Labs, which conducted the EIA study, gave details on pollution control measures.

Protesters shun power plant hearing

Songkhla: Protesters boycotted a public hearing Monday on a new coal-fired power plant project planned for Thepha district, after being told they could not attend if they brought their protest placards.

The third and final hearing on the Environment and Health Impact Assessment (EHIA) for the 2,200-megawatt coal-fired power plant, which will be the largest of its kind in Thailand, was held at the Pak Bang Tambon Administration Organisation (TAO) office.

Razor wire rings Thepha power plant hearing

A public hearing on the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand's proposed coal-fired power plant in Songkhla's Thepha district opened amid tight security on Monday, with the project's opponents prevented from entering.

Coils of barbed wire were stretched around the office of Pak Bang tambon administration organisation, the venue for the hearing, to prevent villagers who oppose the project from getting inside.

About 1,500 soldiers and police were deployed around the TAO office. Another 500 defence volunteers from various villages were deployed inside the TAO compound.

Environmental Clearance in India – Fast Track or Change of Track?

This move, via national consultation forums, comes in response to controversy over many dams built on the river now affecting people in many states, especially those in downstream areas.

"We will listen to local people's opinions," Chaiporn Siripornpibul said as representative of the Thai National Mekong Committee and inspector for Thailand's Natural Resources and Environment Ministry.

No pollution solution to Map Ta Phut

It has been a nice surprise to see the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) seeking to take an active role in solving the environmental problems surrounding the Map Ta Phut industrial estate in Rayong.

Under an NCPO order, the 76th in the NCPO order series since the military took power on May 22, a new committee was set up to oversee and streamline efforts to tackle environmental problems that have plagued the industrial area in this eastern region for years.

Loei villagers sue to stop mining

A group of Loei villagers and environmental activists have petitioned the Central Administrative Court to revoke concessions issued to three iron mining companies in Chiang Khan district, claiming the process of issuing permits to the firms was illegal.

The group named the Industry Ministry's Industries and Mines Department, the Natural Resources and Environment Ministry's Royal Forest Department, the Office of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning, and the local administrative agencies as defendants in a lawsuit filed with the court yesterday.

Locals sue to revoke power plant licence

VILLAGERS FROM Prachin Buri's Kabin Buri district yesterday filed a lawsuit with the Central Administrative Court to revoke the licence of a biomass power plant planned by KS Marketing International in tambon Khao Mai Kaew.

They claimed related agencies had abused their authority in issuing the licence because the area was reserved for conservation and could not be the site for a power plant.

Environment impact hearing on Dholera SIR held

Gujarat Pollution Control Board (GPCB) and Ahmedabad district collectorate will hold a public hearing for environmental impact assessment for the proposed Dholera Special Investment Region (DSIR) in Dholera on Friday.

DSIR is one of the first investment regions to be covered under the proposed Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC) project. The proposed DSIR is to be developed over approximately 920 square kilometres covering 19 villages of Dhandhuka taluka and three villages of Barwala taluka of Ahmedabad district.

Statue of Unity: Detailed environment scrutiny sought

The Statue of Unity project of the Gujarat government has raised concerns over the potential environmental impact on surrounding areas.

A group of 24 citizens, organizations and environmental activists have written a petition to the secretary, ministry of environment and forests, and to the Gujarat Environment Impact Assessment Authority, demanding a detailed environmental scrutiny of project.