Members of the Madras Naturalists’ Society (MNS) and the Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) on Friday appealed to the government to relocate the proposed 4,000-MW power plant and a captive port to an alternative location from Cheyyur in Kancheepuram district.
Ravi Chellam, vice-president, BNHS, said the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests’ Expert Appraisal Committee claimed that “migratory birds are found to be negligible’’ in the lagoon area. However, a joint study by the MNS and BNHS revealed that the lagoon had a rich birdlife.
Contrary to the claims of the Union Environment Ministry’s Expert Appraisal Committee, a joint survey by the Bombay Natural History Society and Madras Naturalists Society has found that the Odiyur Lagoon, adjoining the proposed Cheyyur power plant, is habitat for a vast number of resident and migratory waterbirds.
Chennai: The Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) and the Madras Naturalists’ Society (MNS) have released a study that contests the claims of an environment ministry report that cleared the proposed 4,000MW power plant at Cheyyur off East Coast Road near Chennai.
While giving clearance to the project in September 2013, the ministry said the presence of migratory birds was negligible in the area and there were no reserved forests, mangroves or estuaries.
The latest study by independent experts said that the area has more than 36 migratory bird species, eight of them endangered. Besides, it is a feedingcum-breeding ground for fish and has an estuary, it said.
The report has raised concerns of acidic emissions and air pollution from the power plant, and advised the ministry to shift the location of the power plant to another area.
Ravi Chellam of the Bombay Natural History Society, part of the study team, said, “We are not against the power plant. But it should not be given environmental clearance based on incorrect data and claims” .
4 April, 2014 – The 4000 MW Cheyyur coal power project has high potential to irreversibly damage the Odiyur Lagoon, destabilise fisheries and increase the vulnerability of the area to flooding events, according to a scientific study titled “Evaluation of the Waterbirds of Odiyur Lagoon – a Wetland near the proposed Cheyyur Power Plant” by the Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) and the Madras Naturalists’ Society (MNS). Releasing the report at a Press Conference today, Dr. Ravi Chellam, Vice President and Member of the Governing Council of the Bombay Natural History Society, said the study makes a strong case for relocating the power plant and captive port to an alternative location that is in compliance with the siting guidelines issued by the Union Ministry of Environment & Forests. He urged the State and Central Governments to notify the Lagoon and its catchment as an Ecologically Sensitive Area under the Environment Protection Act and regulate activities to ensure the protection of local biodiversity, local livelihoods and the region’s hydrological functions.Continue reading →
BEIJING — From taxi tailpipes in Paris to dung-fired stoves in New Delhi, air pollution claimed seven million lives around the world in 2012, according to figures released Tuesday by the World Health Organization. More than one-third of those deaths, the organization said, occurred in fast-developing nations of Asia, where rates of cardiovascular and pulmonary disease have been soaring.
Around the world, one out of every eight deaths was tied to dirty air, the agency determined — twice as many as previously estimated. Its report identified air pollution as the world’s single biggest environmental health risk.
“The big news is that we have a better understanding of how large a role air pollution plays in strokes and coronary heart attacks,” said Dr. Carlos Dora, coordinator of public health and the environment at the organization. “Given the astronomical costs, countries need to find a way to prevent these noncommunicable diseases.”
The report found that those who are most vulnerable live in a wide arc of Asia stretching from Japan and China in the northeast to India in the south.
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The award of two 4,000 Megawatt Ultra Mega Power Projects (UMPPs) entailing mega investment of over Rs 49,200 crore has been pushed by over two-and-a-half months to post May, with the shortlisted companies having requested more time for submission of price bids.
Power Finance Corporation (PFC), the power ministry’s arm managing the bidding for the UMPPs, had in December shortlisted nine companies for Odisha UMPP and eight companies for the Tamil Nadu UMPP in the Request for Qualification (RFQ) stage.
The Request for Proposal (RFPs) were to be submitted by February 26.