January 16, 2014

Environment Assessment

The latest decision by the MOEF which gives environment clearance to the South Korean steelmaker POSCO and reject the case of vedanta steel at niyamgiri hills, is a controversial decision. It’s right that the new industries are must for the economic development and wealth creation for the poor masses of india but the sustainability of the environment is also of numero uno importance. The grant of the environment clearance to the POSCO without a comprehensive assessment of the all parts of the steel plant including the mines, port, railway line and housing facility which are the integral parts of the project, the assessment seems hollow. The national green tribunal also recommended the central government that the cumulative impact should be considered before providing clearance.

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