hasdeo arand forest area
As a result of objections raised, the public hearing was eventually held in two separate districts, as is mandated by the EIA Notification, 2006 when a project spans across two districts. Their story entitled ‘Mines or solar energy: the pandemic accelerates the dilemma of the giant India’ … centres on the premise that the onslaught of Covid-19 in India has began a perceived shift away from traditional coal for power production towards solar power. “But it is alarming what has happened at the place. The RRVUNL in the meantime approached another division of the MoEFCC seeking environment clearance for the expansion of PEKB opencast coal mine project from 10 Million Tonnes Per Annum (MTPA) to 15 MTPA. Fleeting moments from the fascinating theatre that is the world of Sport. The fact is that for several decades, locals have been fighting against coal mining in Hasdeo Arand. There has been huge opposition against coal mining in the Hasdeo Arand region. Although some forest right claims have been settled as per the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006, a large number of them are yet to be recognised. Among these coal blocks, the PEKB coal block has had an interesting story so far. Also Read: Chhattisgarh Govt. In addition, the voices were strangely in favour of Adani Private Ltd, which is not the project proponent. We spent a total of a whole day driving over the four days covering the story. The ASG told the FAC that it in his opinion there “is no bar for the FAC to consider the proposal for in-principal [sic] approval and the pending case before the Supreme Court has no bearing with the Parsa coal block as such.”. In fact, no gram sabha was held on the date when the supposed permission was taken. “While achieving energy security for India remains our larger goal, the project has begun touching millions of lives. If Lemru is notified as an elephant reserve it will be very good for the conservation of pachyderms.”. Will coal mining come to a halt – and pachyderms enjoy a safe habitat – once boundaries of the Lemru Elephant Reserve in Chhattisgarh are notified? In the last week of July, the central government excluded five coal blocks in Hasdeo Arand from the list of 41 coal blocks to be auctioned for commercial coal mining by private players. The central government was further directed to declare areas surrounding these conservation reserves as eco-sensitive zones. Representative image. Inadequacies in EIA reports and lack of studies. The proposed mines and an associated 75km coal rail line impact elephant habitat and inhibit migration routes in the forest. While legal paperwork and arguments continue, projects continue to operate making the outcome of that discussion redundant. The remaining areas of the reserve can then be protected as ‘eco-sensitive zones’ of those protected areas under rules of the Environment Protection Act, 1986,” said Sukumar. The Hasdeo Arand spans more than 1,70,000 hectares and a perusal of the proposals submitted reveals that the total amount of forest land which would be diverted for the various coal mines in the area would amount to 7,730.774 ha. Madanpur (where I stayed) is an adivasi village falling in the heart of this Gondwana belt. #save_hasdeo_arand #save_hasdeo#हसदेवRecently #Indian Ministry of Environment has approved 40 new coal projects in ecologically sensitive areas, out of which 4 coal projects are from Hasdev Arand forest area in #Chhattisgarh. STOP PRESS … seventeen of my images from this story are now published as a ‘special feature’ over a week on the planet wide instagram feed … https://www.instagram.com/everydayclimatechange/ … devoted to bringing attention to climate change issues. It noted that the mining cannot be stopped now due to the stay order on the suspension of the mining operation and since the matter has become a fait accompli situation, the user agency has to comply with the mitigation measure as recommended in the stage-II granted by the environment ministry. He noted that the coal block is located in the fringe area and not in biodiversity-rich area of Hasdeo Arand and that as a minister he has to keep the broader picture of development in mind and balance out different objectives and considerations.