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Objections & Suggestions on Draft Notification for Kaimoor Wildlife Sanctuary Eco-sensitive Zone submitted to MOEFCC-Full Representation

Kaimoor Wildlife Sanctuary is a protected area in district Mirzapur and Sonbhadra of Uttar Pradesh.The Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change published the draft notification for declaration of extent and boundaries for the 1 Km eco-sensitive zone around the sanctuary and invited Suggestions and Objections from public within 60 days. The gazette notification was dated 22nd September, 2015, and the MOEFCC websites states it was uploaded on 6th October, 2015.

Vindhyan Ecology and Natural History Foundation (Vindhya Bachao Abhiyan) submitted a detailed representation on the shortcomings in the notification and proposed several suggestions. You may download the full report as PDF from here or see

Objections to the Proposed Draft Environment Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2015

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Subject: Objections to the Proposed Draft Environment Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2015
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The Secretary,

Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change

Govt. of India

Subject: Objections to the Proposed Draft Environment Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2015

Dear Sir,

With due respect to the expertise of the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, I strongly object the environment laws amendment bill 2015 as proposed by your office. It lacks scientific and basic understanding of environment and off-course the intention seems to be diluting the existing provisions under Environment (Protection) Act, 1986 which I could not appreciate. Following are my quick objections on the draft:

1.      First of all, we have been given just 15 days for raising our objection. Is your Ministry under an assumption that we will open the website of MOEFCC as a daily routine and do you really think that 15 days is enough timeline to send our objections in detail? Given the kind of amendments you are proposing in some of the crucial acts, and if you are really serious of including our views you

Representation to World Bank and GoI reg. TORs of ESIA-EMP Studies on National Waterways-1 Ganga

Dr. Bharat Jhunjhunwala alongwith few other experts and activists wrote again to World Bank and Inland Waterways Authority of India-this time highlighting the inadequacies in the TOR and violation of policy guidelines. The representation is also endorsed by Vindhya Bachao. Click the following link to access the representation:




  1. Comments on TOR for NW-1 Studies Submitted to Inland Waterways Authority of India

  2. Representation to World Bank on TORs for NW-1 Studies


For previous representations related to the same issue click here

Comments on Draft Notification on Emission Standards for Coal Based Thermal Power Plants

 [The following is the HTML version of the original report which can be also download as PDF here.]Image

 1st June, 2015

Submitted to

Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change,

Govt. of India


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 About the Document


The Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, Government of India has published a draft notification for emission standards for coal based thermal power plant under the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986 (29 of 1986). The said draft notification was made available online on Ministry’s website[1] on May 15th, 2015 for public comments and suggestions. Accordingly, this document proposing suggestions/comments is prepared and being submitted for the Ministry’s perusal and consideration for preparation of the final

Our Observation of EAC Meeting in March, 2013 Reg. Mirzapur Thermal Power Plant of Welspun Energy

The Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC) of MoEF deferred the Environmental Clearance of 2 x 660 MW coal based thermal power plant of Welspun Energy Pvt Ltd in its 70th meeting held on 26th March, 2013. Several complaints to the authorities from local environmental groups has gone in past regarding the establishment of the power plant in Mirzapur, a district of Uttar Pradesh adjoining Varanasi and Sonebhadra.

Vindhya Bachao informed its concerns to the EAC through a Delhi based organisation ERC (EIA Resource and Response Centre) which has been working for accountability and transparency in the EIA process since a long time. The representation sent to MoEF before the 70th meeting of EAC for coal and thermal power plant mentioned that the project proponent wants to meet its water requirement from a nearby dam  'Upper Khajuri' which is very

Vindhya Bachao's Representation to MoEF- September 2013

In a recent operation by Vindhyan Ecology and Natural History Foundation (VENHF) popularly known as Vindhya Bachao, many sensitive facts were disclosed. In a report sent to Experts Appraisal Committee (EAC) of Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) by the foundation on September 17th, 2013, it is revealed that the company allegedly tried to mislead the general public by not putting the real facts in its EIA report i.e. Environmental Impact Assessment Report. EIA process is a mandatory requirement for getting any projects as listed under EIA Notification, 2006 approved from Central Government. The site inspection is prepared by a group of scientists and journalists on September 15th, 2013 which is supported by few more informations obtained under Right to Information. The environmental clearance of the project was once deferred by the EAC  on the ground of conflict of interest in water utilization and no firm coal linkage in its March, 2013 meeting. The project was again listed in EAC agenda for 18-19th September, but surprisingly removed from the list in next 2 days for

Comments on Draft Municipal Waste (Management & Handling) Rules, 2013‏

Comments for Draft Municipal Waste (Management & Handling) Rules, 2013

Sent to Ministry of Environment and Forests on  29th October, 2013


A.      Administrative Responsibilities


1.       We think, waste is a quite big problem and a separate nodal agency or authority as ‘Central Waste Management Board’ (CWMB) similar to Central Pollution Control Board should be formulated which will act as nodal authority for collection, segregation, transportation and other developments for the disposal of municipal solid waste. CPCB should be responsible for monitoring of compliance pollution and other hazardous materials arising from the waste handling procedures and disposal. The State Level Advisory Committee (SLAC) should be nodal agency for the states under CWMB. The SLAC shall meet atleast three monthly and the compliance reports should be submitted by regional nodal officers every six months.  

2.       All the minutes of meetings, agenda for the forthcoming meeting and every proceeding related to the working of the

Comments on Draft Policy on the Grant of Forest Clearances: Sent 15th September 2013

Suggestions on Draft Policy on Inspection, Verification, Monitoring and the Overall Procedure Relating to the Grant of Forest Clearances and Identification of Forests

Sent on 15.07.2013


 1. Inspection

  1. Reference to Para 2.1.1 (i), Which guidelines and criteria are to be followed by the concerned authorities while deciding if the area is large, sensitive and fragile should be defined and placed as guidelines. Ecological services/ concerns should be given more importance than forestry and economic benefits while deciding the criteria.

  2. Each site inspection report, besides photographs should be accompanied with a site map and GPS coordinates recorded by the inspection team.

  3. Reference to Para 2.1.1 (iii) Why should the inspection for forest diversions less than 100 hectares be need based? This should be brought