Comments on Draft National Resource Efficiency Policy

Wed, 08/04/2020 - 08:41

The draft National Resource Efficiency Policy was published by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change in July 2019 with the aim to promote sustainable and efficient use of our natural resources. However, the Policy and the Action Plan it envisages for its implementation, raise several questions on its intent and efficacy to adequately address the issue.

IL & FS Tamil Nadu Power Plant, Cuddalore Site Visit

Wed, 28/11/2018 - 14:28

Along with Mr. Kuttiappan, Senior Technical Consultant, CAG, our researchers Mr. Dhilip, Ms. Bhagyashree Rath and Ms. Harshavardhini went for a site visit around ITPCL, Cuddalore on March 15th, 2018. The visual observations and inferences made from the site visit, including the concerns raised by the local people have been compiled as a report.

CAG's petition to conduct Public Hearing in Tamil Nadu

Fri, 23/11/2018 - 12:30

Recently, the government of Tamil Nadu petitioned Dr Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister- Environment, Forests and Climate Change, seeking exemption from the Public Hearing process for a few categories of projects. Public Hearing is, by far, the most institutionalised platform that people have, to voice their views on issues concerning them and the environment. And yet, the government wants to do away with it.

Skit on Environmental Impact Assessment process

Fri, 23/11/2018 - 10:23

Citizen consumer and civic Action Group (CAG) scripted a skit, showcasing the EIA process near Pulicat lake, Tamil Nadu. The 45-minute skit was performed by Alternate Media Center (AMC) on 23rd June'18 around 5 PM near the Pulicat Bus Stand, a convenient place for the public to gather. The skit featured local dance forms like karagatam, folk, uyilatam, and music, conveying significant details about the EIA process. Public organised themselves in the space available without disturbing the movement of vehicles.

Comments - Proposed Thermal power station –II (2nd Expansion) project, NLC, Neyveli

Mon, 19/11/2018 - 17:11

CAG’s Comments on the Executive Summary, Form-1 and Pre-Feasibility report for proposed Thermal power station –II (2nd Expansion) project in Mudanai village in Virudhachalam Taluk, Cuddalore Districts, Tamil Nadu by M/s. Neyveli Lignite Corporation Limited. 

Comments on the proposed amendment to EC of ITPCL, Cuddalore

Thu, 25/10/2018 - 12:09

IL&FS Tamil Nadu Power Company Limited (ITPCL), which runs a 1200 MW coal-based power plant in Cuddalore, is seeking to amend its Environmental Clearance (issued in May 2010), to change the nature of its coal- from fully imported Indonesian coal to a blend of 25 % lignite(from Neyveli Lignite Corporation's mines) and 75 % imported Indonesian coal. This proposal, which now involves transporting lignite by road passing through 29 villages, is being labelled 'modernisation'. Here are CAG's comments on why the proposed change- without a thorough EIA- is problematic.

Comments - TNPL Expansion, Manapparai

Tue, 11/09/2018 - 12:08

Two years after commissioning a captive power plant with a multilayer-coated board project in Manapparai Taluk in Trichy, the TamilNadu Newsprint and Papers Limited has proposed an expansion. Here are the comments from CAG on the proposed expansion, submitted to the TNPCB as part of the Public Consultation process. In this, we highlight issues in the proposed wastewater discharge mechanism, its impact on groundwater and soil, and the provision of drinking water to nearby villages, which has been a contentious issue since the start of the plant.