Darlaghat units exempted from being included in eco-sensitive zone of Majathal sanctuary

Nod to submergence of cheer pheasant habitat

The Union Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF) has directed the government to initiate action against officials responsible for giving nod to the submergence of the habitat of the endangered cheer pheasant in the Kol Dam water and identify 22 habitats for the highly protected bird within two months.

The Union Ministry of Environment and Forests has asked the Kol Dam project authorities to reduce the height of the dam to help avoid submergence of a large part of the forest area under the Majathal wildlife sanctuary in Solan district.

The ministry has withheld the clearance to the project midway during implementation and directed it to come out with a fresh proposal to save the area under th

New Delhi: The government is studying the green tribunal order quashing clearance granted to French giant Lafarge promoted Rs 900-crore integrated cement plant in Himachal Pradesh, environment minister Jairam Ramesh has said.

Stung by criticism of his officials doing a "shoddy job" while approving the project in Mandi district, Ramesh said all aspects will be looked into in detail.

"We are s




The National Environment Appellate Authority (NEAA) has revoked the environment clearance given by the ministry of forest & environment to the `900 crore cement plant being set up by Lafarge India in the Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh. This decision was taken following J.C.

The National Board for Wildlife, headed by Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh, rejected some big projects, including a port project in Gujarat, signalling that the ministry would not clear projects in ecologically sensitive zones.

Ambika Sharma
Solan, September 11

The NTPC has finally submitted a proposal for the diversion of additional 124 hectares of land falling in the Majathal Wildlife Sanctuary for its 800 MW Kol Dam Project, following a tough stand by the state government.

Earlier, the NTPC had obtained the permission for merely 954 hectares of land, while conveniently excluding the protected area falling in the wildlife sanctuary. With nearly 46,000 trees of various broad leaf species, its net present value (NPV) was estimated at Rs 56 crore now.