Narmada Samachar: 10 January 2002
- Sardar Sarovar
- Tehri struggle
- Mann dam
- NBA related news
- Other News
- Feature Article: Remembering Anil Aggarwal -
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Provide land to affected instead of cash, says Patkar ;
MP, Gujarat may lock horns over Narmada again ;
Security stepped up at Narmada dam site ;
Small step, big solution ;
People in Tehri renew agitation ;
.... People in Tehri have renewed their agitation by staging sit-in strikes and protest demonstrations demanding restoration of civic amenities including construction of a temporary bridge. The agitation has affected work on construction of the controversial 2400-MW Tehri hydel project for the past four days, officials said. ....
Light at the end of the tunnel? ;
... With the closure of the two diversion tunnels last week there is hope that work on the Tehri dam will end soon. From Rs 200 crore to a whopping Rs 5,500 crore, the cost of the 2400 mw controversial multipurpose Tehri Project has escalated many fold over the years doing little to change the jinxed fate of the dam ever since it was conceptualised in early 1970s. But after the closure of two diversion tunnels last week, a new ray of hope has emerged to finish the remaining construction work of the dam whose fate had mainly hinged on the vexed rehabilitation issue, a real bone of contention between the people of the 186-year-old town and the state government. ...
NBA related news
Vandana Shiva on Arundhati Roy ;
NCCL misrepresenting even the Court order for defaming NBA ;
NBA refutes media reports on 'unlawful activities' ;
Gujarat HC asks Centre to consider banning NBA ;
Whither environmental protest ;
The issues raised by environmental struggles remain much too important to be frittered away. This is why protest movements bear a responsibility greater than what their leaderships may realise.
Small hydel projects need of the hour: study ;
NHPC pulls out of Koel-Karo project ;
Massive Govt fund misuse unearthed in Gujarat ;
... THE Accountant-General (Accounts and Entitlement), Gujarat, has said that the State Government is guilty of financial irregularities up to Rs 2,971.67 crore. This is as of March 2000. The former Chief Minister, Mr Chhabildas Mehta, in separate communiques to the State Governor, Mr Sunder Sinh Bhandari, and the Comptroller andAuditor-General (CAG) of India, said that amount was closer to Rs 4,000 crore one year hence. ...
... The World Bank has decided to terminate the $437 million loan to the state-owned Nathpa Jhakri Hydro-Electric Power Corporation (NJPC) midway thereby putting a questionmark on the future of the 1,500 MW hydel project being executed by the company in Himachal Pradesh. ...
Natl Water Policy will benefit only MNCs ;
Feature Article: Remembering Anil Aggarwal -
Centre for Science and Environment - January 2
Anil Agarwal, visionary founder and leader of the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), passed away on January 2, 2002, after a seven-year battle against cancer. The world has not only lost a rare thinker and advocate dedicated to improving the environment, but also a staunch supporter of the rights of the poor, and of social justice. Anilji's thinking and analysis was always far-sighted. His pioneering work taught people in India and the world to look at environmental and developmental concerns as related, where one could not be compromised to address the other. Always full of energy, he was never one to be cowed down by the system, taking problems head-on, analysing them with incisive clarity, coming up with the most effective and clear solutions, and then working untiringly to have them implemented. His vision and perception shaped an institution that uses the power of knowledge as an effective agent to bring about social change. A perfectionist, he worked, taking problems head-on, analysing them with incisive clarity, coming up with the most effective and clear solutions, and then working untiringly to have them implemented. His vision and perception shaped an institution that uses the power of knowledge as an effective agent to bring about social change. A perfectionist, he worked hard even through his illness to ensure rigour and accuracy in the work of the Centre, spending long hours looking into every last detail. He avoided rhetoric, using hard facts to fight ignorance and indifference. He never minced his words, nor hid his anger and frustration against apathetic governance. It was this forthright approach that he instilled in his colleagues at CSE, inspiring them in his inimitable style to go beyond their own perceptions of what they could achieve. The world had a lot more to learn from Anilji. His death leaves a void that cannot be filled. His vision and energy will continue to inspire his colleagues to carry on the work he started at CSE. But he will be greatly missed.