Manthan Adhyayan Kendra

Manthan Adhyayan Kendra is a centre set up to research, analyse and monitor water and energy issues from the perspective of just, equitable and sustainable development. Manthan was set up in 2001 at Badwani (M.P.) The activities of Manthan. including analysis and advocacy are now being run from two locations, Badwani and Pune.

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Commercial Coal Mining Auctions : Legal, Social & Ecological concerns around inclusion of mines in Mand Raigarh of Chhattisgarh. 

18th June 2020 saw the launch of the auction process for 41 coal blocks where coal can be mined for entirely commercial purposes in India. Of the total, 9 mines were from the state of Chhattisgarh. Following strong resistance from communities and the state government, five coal mines falling in the Hasdeo forest and proposed Lemru Elephant Reserve were withdrawn. Later on, 3 new mines falling in the Mand Raigarh coalfield were added to the list. Those 3 mines are falling under the area that has borne the brunt of coal mining and related operations for over two decades. Also, If any of the three coal mines later added to the list were to become operational, they could be in direct contravention of a February 2020 order of the National Green Tribunal.

This note highlights the legal, social and ecological concerns around inclusion of the mines in Mand Raigarh of Chhattisgarh.

English: Read Full Note Here

हिन्दी: पूरा नोट पढ़ने के लिये यहां क्लिक करे

Comments submitted to the MoEF&CC on the Draft EIA Notification 2020

The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) published the draft Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) Notification, 2020 on its website for public comments on 12th March 2020.   The new draft weakens an already weak environmental assessment and clearance regime i.e. EIA Notification 2006. To push this through when the whole country is under lock down is totally unacceptable. We join the call given by many others to MoEFCC to withdraw the draft.

However, in the likely event that this does not happen, Manthan Adhyayan Kendra has sent detailed comments on the Draft.

They can be seen at:

Part 1

English: Comments specific to provisions related to Inland Waterways.

Hindi: पर्यावरणीय प्रभाव आकलन (EIA) अधिसूचना, 2020 के प्रारूप में अंतर्देशीय जलमार्ग संबंधी विशिष्‍ठ प्रावधानों पर टिप्‍पणियाँ

Part 2

English: Comments related to restructuring of the EIA/EC process and amendments needed in Draft 2020 Notification for the same.

Part 3

English: Additional comments on specific clauses / section of the Draft Notification 2020