Have Water Aerodrome Projects in India bypassed the Environmental Clearance process?

The Prime Minister of India inaugurated the water aerodrome at Kevadia and the Sea plane service connecting the Statue of Unity and Sabarmati Riverfront in Ahmedabad on 31st October 2020. While this is seen as a successful launch and lauded for jetties being constructed in record time, the truth remains that water aerodrome projects at […]

Are Inland Waterways actually suitable mode of transport for bulk cargo such as fly ash?

On March 12th, a barge carrying 600 tonnes of fly-ash sank in the Hooghly River  near Maheshtala Jetty at Budge Budge, South 24 Paraganas, in West Bengal. Hooghly is also declared as a part of National Waterway-1. The barge vessel belonging to Bangladesh was carrying fly-ash from a CESC thermal Power Plant in Kolkata to […]

Ministry of Environment supports exemption of Environmental Clearance for the National Waterways Project; Orders of the National Green Tribunal disappoint

The National Green Tribunal and the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change are two important institutions in India which are responsible to safeguard the environment and for ensuring environmental justice. However, both the Tribunal and the Ministry of Environment have been ineffective in ensuring that the ongoing National Waterways projects apply for environmental clearance. […]

Amravati Capital City Project stalled, yet concerns over National Waterway-4 continue

Government of India has withdrawn its request from the World Bank for financing the Amravati Capital City Project. The recently released Inspection Panel report by the World Bank (dated March 23, 2019) confirmed that the request was withdrawn to save itself from the investigation which could present the environmental and social violations associated with the […]