You are here: Home » Current Affairs » News » National
Business Standard

Central organisations flouting green tribunal orders: ESG

BS Reporter  |  Bengaluru 

Bengaluru-based NGO Environment Support Group (ESG) has observed that despite the Green Tribunal's order delivered two months ago staying the excavation, construction and operation of projects with regard to the kaval lands (commons) in Challakere taluk in Chitradurga till they appropriate environmental and other clearances were secured according to the law, the "project proponents have continued with construction activities, without securing necessary approvals."

The tribunal's order included a wide-range of specific directions to regulatory authorities and project proponents to conform with environmental regulations and human rights standards.

Over two months ago, justice M Chockalingam (judicial member) and R Nagendran (expert member) constituting the Green Tribunal (Southern Zone, Chennai), delivered their final order/judgement in response to public interest petitions filed by environmentalist Leo F Saldanha and ESG challenging the diversion of about 10,000 acres of ecologically-sensitive Amrit Mahal Kavals (grassland ecosystems) in Challakere to a variety of defence, nuclear, technology, solar, housing, industrial and infrastructure projects.

The projects proposed at Challakere include Defence Research Development Organisation/Aeronautical Development Establishment (promoting a weaponised drone testing and manufacturing facility in over 4,290 acres), Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (promoting a special materials and nuclear enrichment facility, for both civilian and defence purposes, in over 1,810 acres), Indian Institute of Science (promoting a Synchrotron and Advanced Aerospace Research Centre, on over 1,500 acres), Indian Space Research Organisation (setting up a centre for spacecraft technologies, on over 573 acres), Karnataka Small Scale Industries Development Corporation (promoting various ancillary industrial units in over 300 acres), Sagitaur Ventures Pvt Ltd (promoting a solar park in over 1,250 acres) and possibly the Indian Army (promoting a Station Brigade on over 10,000 acres).

Dear Reader,


Business Standard has always strived hard to provide up-to-date information and commentary on developments that are of interest to you and have wider political and economic implications for the country and the world. Your encouragement and constant feedback on how to improve our offering have only made our resolve and commitment to these ideals stronger. Even during these difficult times arising out of Covid-19, we continue to remain committed to keeping you informed and updated with credible news, authoritative views and incisive commentary on topical issues of relevance.
We, however, have a request.

As we battle the economic impact of the pandemic, we need your support even more, so that we can continue to offer you more quality content. Our subscription model has seen an encouraging response from many of you, who have subscribed to our online content. More subscription to our online content can only help us achieve the goals of offering you even better and more relevant content. We believe in free, fair and credible journalism. Your support through more subscriptions can help us practise the journalism to which we are committed.

Support quality journalism and subscribe to Business Standard.

Digital Editor

First Published: Tue, November 11 2014. 20:30 IST
RECOMMENDED FOR YOU
.