“D arshanatsparshanatpanattaha gangati keertanat punatyapunya purushana shatashotha” The holy sight of Ganga river gives knowledge, splendour, name, fame etc. The gravest of sins like Bramhatya (killing of Brahmin) and Gauhatya ( killing of a cow) get absolved by the mere touch of Ganga holy water, reads the above mentioned shloka. India can be categorised as the only country where river is more than a river, more than water, more than a source of life, more than any role that a river plays in anyone’s life. The holy river Ganga is said to have Lord Shiva’s spirits in its core, is devotionally worshipped by the Indians. There is a famous saying that “all the religions had their growth between Ganga and the Euphrates.” In the holy place haridwar, Ganga after escaping from the giant Himalayas partakes of the ancient rituals, receives the blessings and begins her work in earnest, with a renewed devotion, as she enters the plain, from where … [Read more...] about Is Interlinking of Rivers a Violation of International Environmental Law?
The Central Information Commisioner Prof M Sridhar Acharyulu directed the Ministry of Environment and various public sector undertakings like ISRO and BARC to explain whether they have implemented the directions of the National Green Tribunal in protecting the Amrit Mahal Kavals grasslands in Karnataka. Mr. Acharyulu also directed the Ministry to compensate appellant by paying Rs 10,000 for undue denial, delay and unreasonable claim of exemption.The appellant Davis George Thomas was seeking information regarding the details of the agencies/projects in the lands ofAmritMahalKavals, ChallakersTaluk, Chitradurga District, Karnataka. As no information was received he approached the Commission in second appeal after exhausting the first appeal.The Environment Support Group (ESG), to which appellant also belonged, has filed Applications No. 6/2013 and 12/2013 before the National Green Tribunal highlighting how various public sector and private enterprises have commenced work in total … [Read more...] about CIC Sridhar Acharyulu directs MoEF to compensate Environment Activist [Read Order]
At the highest, the use of water for Kumbh Mela and for other religious purposes will be covered by the last category, said the Bench The Bombay High Court has ruled that water requirements for Kumbh Mela to be held at Nashik and other religious purposes will be met only after addressing the priority level laid down in Clause 4 of the Maharashtra State Water Policy.The court also addressed a host of issues related to water distribution in Maharashtra and Marathwada regions, and the implementation of legislations in this regard.The court ruled that the state is bound by legislation and cannot release the water from the reservoirs for religious ceremonies or religious objects without the regulatory authority deciding the issue of priority of equitable distribution of water.As per the Maharashtra State Water Policy, the areas are categorized as per precedence from ‘a’ to ‘e’, starting from (a) domestic use for drinking, cooling, hygiene and sanitation needs, … [Read more...] about Religious Occasions Should Be Last Priority In Water Allocation: Bombay HC [Read Judgment]
The Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court, comprising Chief Justice R M Lodha, Justice H L Dattu, Justice Chandramauli K R Prasad, Justice Madan B Lokur and Justice M Y Iqbal has delivered today, the much awaited Mullaperiyar case. The judgment was reserved in last August 2013, after a prolonged hearing.By delivering the judgment, CJI held that the Kerala Irrigation and Water Conservation (Amendment) Act 2006 which was brought in response to the Court cannot sustain under the Indian Constitutional Scheme of things and we should maintain the doctrine of separation powers. The legislature should not be allowed to overreach the Court orders, and on that note the Act was declared unconstitutional. As a solace to Kerala, the Supreme Court has directed formation of a committee which would look into the periodical safety and other aspects. In a way Kerala has lost completely in the protracted legal battle with its neighbour Tamil Nadu. It is also observed that the Dam is safe and the height … [Read more...] about Breaking; Supreme Court delivers Mullaperiyar Judgment; Kerala Act is Unconstitutional; Water Level can be raised [Read the Judgment]
As we highlighted here a couple of months ago, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a proposed rule in March that could significantly expand the scope of the federal government’s jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act (“CWA”). While EPA claims the rule is needed to clarify the scope of the CWA, most regulated businesses have labeled the effort a huge power grab. Since that blog on April 18, 2014, there have been several relevant developments on this topic.First, EPA published the proposed rule in the Federal Register on April 21, 2014. This official release of the rule started the clock on the original 90-day public comment period, meaning that industry would have until July 21, 2014 to draft and submit their criticism of the rule and suggestions for improvement.However, EPA later extended the public comment period for an additional 91 days, creating a new deadline of October 20, 2014 (90 days would have put the deadline on a … [Read more...] about Update on EPA’s (Environmental Protection Agency) Proposed “Waters of the U.S.” Rule