Environment Impact Assessment related news

NCPO dead wrong in ignoring the EIA process

LAST WEEK Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, in his capacity as the head of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), issued an order that will result in cutting lengthy development procedures for some state projects so preparations for construction can be controversially carried out parallel to environmental impact assessments (EIA’s).

That practice contradicts what is stated in the Environmental Promotion and Protection Act.

The preparation for a project before it has received an EIA could proceed with Cabinet endorsement.

Hub coal project will reduce poverty in Pakistan

Federal Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Asif has said that the Hub coal power project will not only bring prosperity to the country but will also accelerate the pace of development in Balochistan.

He was talking with a delegation of the Hub Power Company (Hubco) comprising Chief Executive Khalid Mansoor, New Ventures Senior Vice President Tahir Jawaid, Chairman of the coal project company – China Power Hub Generation Company, Huang Yuntao and CPHGC CEO Zhao Yonggang who met with Federal Minister for Water and Power Khwaja Asif and Secretary Water and Power Younus Dagha on Friday.

NCPO orders ‘will cause more conflict’

EXPERTS have warned that the government will be responsible for more serious rights violations, plus economic disparity - and the next political time-bomb - if it continues its use of "special power".

Key panellists at an academic conference yesterday on communal rights, the environment and city planning, urged the government to stop using power under Article 44 of the interim charter, as they voiced concern that it would cause a new round of political conflict.

The event was arranged by 11 public organisations, plus Rangsit and Thammasat universities.

Govt to allow accredited consultants to prepare EIA/EMP report

The Centre has notified that only accredited consultants will be allowed to prepare environment impact assessment reports and environment management plan for the projects seeking green clearances.

The directive has come after the Environment Ministry barred UP-based Mantec Consultants for one year for preparing impact assessment and management plan reports for 10 projects of state-owned Kandla Port Trust without any permission.

Port City Project To Proceed In Phases

The Port City Project, which was suspended by the new government of President Maithripala Sirisena in March last year, six months after it began construction, has now been given the green light to proceed and will be done in phases, instead of in one go as a mega project. According to the Minister of Megapolis and Western Development, Patali Champika Ranawaka, there were legal issues that hampered the progress of the Port City Project, but these issues have now been addressed to a large extent.

Drought hits several islands off Ranong and parts of Trang

THE drought has hit the South, with more than 200 families on islands off Ranong facing water scarcity and two |districts in Trang not having enough water to produce tap-water.

Meanwhile, the Irrigation Department revealed that work has started on an environmental impact assessment (EIA) for the Mae Wong Dam. Opponents, however, say they have already presented a cheaper method of water management.

Forest City developer presses ahead amid reclamation issues

The mega Forest City project off Johor Baru seems to be going full steam ahead despite ongoing controversy over its reclamation plans and even as other developers have either shelved scheduled project launches or dropped them altogether.

Forest City's China developer Country Garden has already started work on one of the four islands that will eventually comprise the largest mixed development in Johor Baru. The project has an estimated value of $58.3 billion and is slated to be completed in phases over the next two decades.

Mumbai to Lose 12,000 Trees to Freight Corridor

Just under a week after this newspaper reported the forest department's clearance to let the Delhi-Mumbai Freight Corridor to run through the Sanjay Gandhi National Park, both the environmental damage and the human displacement the project will cause is becoming clear.

While senior forest officials on Monday admitted that the Mumbai Metropolitan Area will lose nearly 12,000 trees, 20,000 families in 24 villages around Dighi port in Raigad district have now refused to give up their land for the Delhi-Mumbai-Industrial Corridor, of which the freight corridor is a part.

Golden Land ramps up investment budget

SET­-listed developer Golden Land Property Development Plc (GOLD) has raised its annual land investment budget to 3 billion baht from the usual 1-2 billion after securing new funding in January.

According to Somboon Wasinchutchawal, senior executive vice-president for finance and accounting, new funds worth 4.97 billion baht were made available following a capital injection by a new shareholder, Singapore-­listed property firm Frasers Centrepoint Limited, through its subsidiary Frasers Property Holdings (Thailand) Co.

Penang mega project to start in June

KUALA LUMPUR: The RM6.3 billion Penang mega project to build three expressways and an undersea tunnel linking Penang island to the mainland will kick off in June, with the construction of the Air Itam-Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Expressway bypass.

Consortium Zenith BUCG Sdn Bhd (CZBUCG) chairman Datuk Zarul Ahmad Mohd Zulkifli said starting mid-way (of the Air Itam-Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu bypass) would be the paired-road from Jalan Tanjung Bungah to Teluk Bahang.

Zarul said construction of the third road from Gurney Drive to Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu would commence after the first two are completed.