Good to see NGT rejecting the flawed Groundwater notification dated Dec 12, 2018 from CGWA that was also critiqued by SANDRP: https://sandrp.in/2018/12/31/groundwater-governance-why-dec-12-2018-cgwa-notification-would-be-disastrous/. However, NGT should have asked an independent panel to formulate the policy for sustainable groundwater use, rather than a committee of the same government persons. Besides, there is also need for restructuring of currently totally ineffective CGWA and make it COMPLETELY INDEPENDENT of government.
How is development possible along with environment protection? There are two kinds of answers possible to this question. The standard kind of reply would try to provide a list of options that are available to a given development need. Continue reading “DRP News Bulletin 4 June 2018: WED 2018: Environment Protection and Development is NECESSARY and POSSIBLE, provided there is will”
While the National Wetland Conservation Program and National Lake Conservation Program did not include rivers in their purview, even the newly announced 900 crores National Plan for Conservation of Aquatic Ecosystems seems to have ignored Rivers. The National River Conservation Program,under the MoEF includes hardly 35 polluted riverine stretches. That is the only specific protection rivers get apart from some failed plans like GAP and YAP.
While Rivers in India provide habitats to endangered biodiveristy, and provide numerous goods and services, they continue being overlooked and abused ..http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report_cabinet-nod-to-rs900-crore-wetlands-development-plan_1797394