Environment

How Government of Maharashtra is helping destroy Mumbai's forest 1

How Government of Maharashtra is helping destroy Mumbai’s forest

Aarey Milk Colony, spread over 1,259 hectares of land, is an extension of Sanjay Gandhi National Park. In 1949, the land we know as Aarey was given to the Dairy Development Board of Maharashtra to shift the cattle sheds from the city to Aarey. Since then this area has been known as Aarey Milk Colony. …

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Residents suffer noise and air pollution for nearly a decade, courtesy Indian Railways

By Raju Vernekar The residents of the Akash Horizon Premises Cooperative Society Limited, located bang opposite Western Railway’s (WR) car shed at Mumbai Central (east side), have complained about constant air and noise pollution, they are suffering for nearly one decade, due to the work of maintenance of trains, in the car shed adjacent to their …

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Stop selling the sea shells from the sea shore and sea bed!

Those seashells you see in shops and people’s home? Turns out they are real. And they may have been alive when collected. A mind boggling article in the National Geographic describes in “Seashell souvenirs are killing protected marine life“, the thesis project of Amey Bansod, who initially came to Kanyakumari to study the livelihood of …

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mature trees anchor complex ecology and protect biodiversity

10 saplings do not a mature tree equate – Delhi’s horticultural suicide

The Forest Department has given permission to chop down nearly 17,000 trees in Delhi for the redevelopment of Central Government accommodations. While the government is talking euphemistically about the destruction, the numbers are staggering. 11,000 out of 13,128 trees in Sarojini Nagar will be felled. 1,465 out of 1,513 in Nauroji Nagar. 3033 out of 3906 in …

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Outdoor education

Maharashtra GR on Adventure Sports welcome, but raise concerns

A long overdue step toward bringing in standards in advenure sports took off when the Government of Maharashtra issued norms as a Government Resolution applicable to individuals and organizations offering adventure tours. While the initial rules are better than expected, largely due to trekking organizations impleading themselves into the case by Anil Mahajan that led …

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Green field with maize crop

Foreign hand in the IB Report?

India’s Sovereignty, Security and Freedom at risk- Is the IB being used by foreign corporations to take over India’s vital seed sector? The IB report has a special section on GMOs (genetically modified/engineered organisms). It clearly supports the introduction of GM crops into Indian agriculture. The IB report makes specific mention of the Supreme Court …

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Konda Reddy tribals will get wiped out by the Polavaram Project

Diyar development-hit tribal villages, ab ki baar, greater good hain yaar

On day 2 of Modi on the job, his cabinet has passed the ordinance for the Polavaram project. It is waiting for Pranab Mukherjee’s signature. Apart from 136 villages, 211 hamlets and 7 mandals being transferred from Telangana to Andhra, as per the Environmental Impact Assessment and Environmental Management Plan study conducted by Agricultural Finance Corporation …

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