NGT orders reopening of Vedanta copper plant in Tamil Nadu’s Thoothukudi

The National Green Tribunal has set aside the Tamil Nadu Government’s order closing down the Vedanta-owned Sterlite Copper factory in Thoothukudi, Tamil Nadu.

The Tribunal has also directed the state pollution control board to renew a key licence, Consent To Operate, and remove other hurdles subject to fulfilment of certain conditions, within three weeks from now. Read more

Courtesy: The Economic Times

‘States must raise voice for conserving Western Ghats’

“Even though various committees appointed by central government including Kasturirangan committee has recommended declaration of 57,000 sq km area as ecologically sensitive zone, it has not been implemented by successive governments,” said Kalidasan. WG is put under severe stress and water availability in future would depend on how effectively the issue is addressed, he said adding WG is the only source of water for south India. Read more

Courtesy: The Times of India

Odisha drags feet on DMF funds use, ranks 7th on project implementation

Odisha despite boasting of the highest fund accruals under the District Mineral Foundation (DMF) has turned to be a laggard state in implementing the projects.

Figures sourced from the Union mines ministry place Odisha at the top of the heap in DMF collection with the state mopping up Rs 53.64 billion (as on March 30, 2018). But in terms of implementation of projects under DMF, Odisha ranks seventh, with a utilisation rate of 15 per cent. Of the total funds accruing to DMF in Odisha, Rs 39.22 billion has been sanctioned. However, only Rs 8.16 billion of the overall proceeds has been utilized. Read more

Courtesy: Business standard

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