Finds Study On Dam Safety Unreliable

Kochi: Members of the Supreme Court constitution bench hearing the Mullaperiyar dam case on Wednesday raised doubts over the reliability of the finding of a team from IIT Delhi that the dam is unsafe.

Kerala on Tuesday argued before the Supreme Court that the Mullaperiyar water agreement has become legally unsustainable after the state legislature passed the Kerala Irrigation and Water Conservat

The Empowered Committee after going through several aspects had technically concluded that the Mullaperiyar dam is hydrologically, structurally and seismically safe for raising the water level beyo

Hill regions (high ranges) in three Kerala districts have been identified for implementation of a unique eco-governance programme in the country. Crucially, it won't alienate the local population.

As many as 141 confirmed cases of dengue fever and five deaths suspected to be of dengue were reported in the State on Wednesday. One death due to suspected leptospirosis was reported from Kollam, taking the toll of fever-related casualties on Wednesday to six.

The Centre for Earth Science Studies (CESS) has proposed setting up a greenhouse gas observatory at Munnar as part of developing an integrated climate change database and information system in the State.

The initiative is part of the estimate Rs. 80-crore scientific study to map the impact of climate change on agriculture, fisheries, industries, transport, tourism, bio-diversity and forestry sectors.

The Adivasi Land Rights Protection Council (ALRPC) has decided to intensify the agitation for land and compensation to those tribal people evicted from the abandoned hydroelectric project area in Perinjamkutty.

Its convenor Babu Arackal has said that even after the relay hunger strike in front of the Collectorate at Painavu crossed over 200 days no concrete decision was taken by the district administration and the State government for their rehabilitation.

CAG sees weak political will, highlights failure of scheme

A Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report has charged the State with a lack of political will in providing land to landless tribal people in the State.
The Audit Report (General and Social Sector) of the CAG for the financial year 2011-12 accuses the government of tardy implementation of a Rs. 175-crore scheme for the resettlement of landless tribal people launched in 2001.

The Kerala River Protection Council has called upon K. Kasturirangan, chairman of the high-level working group on Western Ghats Ecology Expert Panel (WGEEP), not to dilute the recommendations of the Madhav Gadgil committee.

It claims the report marks the beginning of a totally different planning process involving the local people as envisaged in the Panchayati Raj system.
In a letter to Dr. Kasturirangan, council vice-president V.N. Gopinatha Pillai and environmentalist Thomas P. Thomas alleged that no government had given the required attention to the deteriorating environmental conditions of the Western Ghats.

For most tourists, a visit to the hill station at Munnar is not complete without a boat safari on the scenic Mattupetty reservoir. But very few of them are aware of the impact of boating on the environment and wildlife.

The Kerala State Biodiversity Board and the Forest department have raised the alarm about the pollution caused by motorised boats plying the reservoir and the litter left behind by tourists.