Goa Coastal Zone Management Authority reconstituted

PANAJI: The ministry of environment, forest and climate change, on Thursday, issued an order, reconstituting a 13-member Goa coastal zone management authority (GCZMA), whose term ended in July 2016. The delay in reconstitution of the GCZMA has affected the finalization of the beach shack policy, and consequently, the erection of beach shacks.

Though drafted by the tourism department, the beach shack policy has to be approved by GCZMA. Only after GCZMA’s approval, the policy is submitted for the approval of the government. A GCZMA official said they will likely have an emergency meeting to discuss and clear the beach shack policy at the earliest.

While the tourism department, last week, invited applications for 367 temporary beach shacks on identified beach stretches for a three-year licence, beginning this tourist season, the advertisement clearly stated that final allotment will be done only after receiving approval of the GCZMA.

It’s other tasks include examination of proposals for changes or modification in classification of coastal regulation zone areas and in the coastal zone management plan (CZMP), received from the state government, besides making specific recommendations to the national coastal zone management authority (NCZMA).

It is empowered to inquire into cases of alleged violations of the provisions of the Environment Protection Act, or any other law relating to the objectives of the above- mentioned Act. It reviews cases involving violations, and if necessary, refers such cases to the NCZMA for review.

Other members of the new GCZMA include principal chief conservator of forests; director of panchayats; director, directorate of survey and land records; director, directorate of fisheries; chief engineer, water resource department; director, department of environment; Audhut J Bhounsale, former executive engineer, PWD, Nandakumar Sawant, principal, Parvatibai Chowgule college of arts and cience, Margao; professor Suhas Godse, former head of department of Zoology, Dhempe college of arts and science, Miramar, and Shirang Jhambhale, secretary, Gram Vikas Kendra, Savoi-Verem.

Headed by principal secretary, environment, government of Goa, the GCZMA is mainly tasked to take measures for protecting and improving the quality of the coastal environment by preventing and controlling environment pollution.

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FAC Constitutes a Committee for Visit of Ken-Betwa Link Site


Forest Advisory Committee (FAC) of Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change (MoEF&CC) met on 9-10 November 2016. It considered much debated and opposed proposal ‘Diversion of 6017.00 ha. of forest land in favour of Rashtriya Jal Vikas Abhikaran for development of Ken-Betwa Link Project from Distt. Chattarpur, Panna and Tikamgarh, Madhya Pradesh.’

Media reports in this regard were out earlier. Now, according to the minutes of the FAC meeting made available today, the proposal has not been recommended by FAC in this meeting. It has constituted a committee to carry out site visit. Following are the details from the minutes (Pages 1008-110).

‘After careful consideration and discussion on the facts placed before it and discussion with the Director General, NWDA, representatives of M.P. Government, Nodal Officer, FCA (M.P.) etc. FAC observed that –

‘The project is involving submergence of part core zone and part buffer zone of Panfia National Park besides Forest Area in Chhatarpur and Tikamgarh Forest Division and it appears to be in its pristine form.

‘Out of 6017.00 hectares forest area, photocopy of FRA Certificate is available only for 5258 Hectares, original documents are required to be submitted. For remaining area FRA Certificate has not been received.

‘Further to have correct assessment of various issues involved, a Committee consisting of Additional Director General of Forest (Forest Conservation), Dr. Deepak Apte, Dr. Sañjay V. Deshmukh, Shri Rajesh Kaushal, APCCF, Regional Office, Bhopal, IG (Forest F0n5er\1ati0), AIGF shall inspect the site, verify the relevant document/reports and furnish its report to MoEF&CC, which would be placed before FAC. Before the site visit Committee advised to provide all necessary documents to the committee members such as EIA report, NTCA site visit report etc for further scrutiny.’


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Past imperfect, CPCB draws up fresh action plan

NEW DELHI: There is no dearth of action plans to tackle the deadly air pollution in the capital, but their implementation is far from satisfactory. Even basic steps such as deploying adequate number of buses, hiking parking fee, identifying designated parking spaces, a foolproof system for monitoring waste burning and ensuring waste management are stuck due to reasons best known to the authorities.

Now, the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) will submit a fresh plan to the Supreme Court. This includes 17 action points to deal with "very poor' or "severe" days in winter, six points for "poor" or "moderate" category days and several others for the rest of the season. CPCB had submitted a draft plan to SC on November 25, the final version will be submitted on Friday, clearly identifying the departments responsible for enforcement of these points. Read more

Courtesy: The Times of India

Lamas of Tawang rejoice the arrival of their sacred Black-necked crane

GUWAHATI: The lamas of predominantly Buddhist Tawang district of Arunachal Pradesh are rejoicing this winter's arrival of their sacred Black-necked crane at the Pangcheng valley along the Nyamjang Chhu river in that district.

For the lamas, besides the religious significance the arrival of the cranes is once again a vindication of their opposition to the proposed 780 MW Nyamjang Chhu hydro-electrict project.

The lamas under the Save Mon Region Federation (SMRF) banner have been opposing to the proposed project on the ground that the barrage site of the dam is going to damage the wintering habitat of Black-necked crane, revered by the Buddhist Monpa tribe as embodiment of the Sixth Dalai Lama. The 6th Dalai Lama, Tsangyang Gyatso, who was a local Monpa from Tawang and wrote about the crane in his poetry.

Locals said that the a pair of Black-necked crane arrived at Pangcheng valley on November 17. A local Degin Dorjee has also photographed the arrival of the birds this time.

A 3-km stretch of the Nyamjang Chhu river between Brokenthang and Zemithang in the Tawang district is one of only two wintering sites of the bird in India. The other is the Sangti valley in West Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh. The bird is protected under Schedule I of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972 and is in the Vulnerable category as per IUCN.

"The arrival of the cranes once again is an auspicious sign for us and a vindication of our fight against destructive development in the Mon - Tawang region. Along with safeguarding the ecological and socio-cultural security of our region, we are proud to be peaceful warriors for the environment. This is an expression of our traditional Buddhist culture as well as an exercise of our fundamental duties under the Indian Constitution," SMRF general secretary Lama Lobsang Gyatso said.

On April this year the National Green Tribunal (NGT) had suspended the environmental clearance granted to the 780 MW Nyamjang Chhu project on the ground that Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) had failed to record the importance of the wintering site of Black-necked crane even once.End

Anti-dam protest in Tawang turned violent on May this year after two SMRF supporters were shot dead in police firing. The protestors were demanding release of SMRFgeneral secretary Lama Lobsang Gyatso who was earlier arrested.