Rattled by the sharp rebuttal by Lavasa Corporation to its showcause notice, the ministry of environment and forests has referred the case to attorney general Ghulam Vahanvati.

On record, the ministry however, maintained it was correct in sending the notice to the company on Friday to stop work at its hill city township project near Pune, citing environment violations.

Lavasa Corporation, an arm of Hindustan Construction Corporation (HCC) engaged in the development of a hill township in Maharashtra, has accused Union Minister of State for Environment and Forests Jairam Ramesh of malafide intent, claiming that the ministry issued a showcause notice in haste and under pressure from activists to stall its initial public offering (IPO).

Narmada Bachao Andolan leader Medha Patkar with Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti leader Akhil Gogoi (right) addresses a protest rally in Guwahati on Wednesday.

GUWAHATI, July 13: Narmada Bachao Andolan leader Medha Patkar today came down heavily on the government for going ahead with the construction work of Lower Subansiri Hydel Project at Gerukamukh along the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border even after the expert committee had recommended immediate cancellation of the project.

Guwahati: Narmada Bachao Andolan leader Medha Patkar has raised her voice in support of the growing people's movement against construction of mega dams in ecologically sensitive Northeastern region.

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Demand to set up tribunal to decide on compensation

People's struggle is supported by environmentalists

PALAKKAD: The agitation against alleged exploitation of groundwater by soft drink major Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages Pvt. Ltd. at Plachimada, a remote village in Perumatty grama panchayat in Chittur taluk, completed 3,000 days on Friday.

visakhapatnam, June 20: Lashing out against the mega electricity projects being taken up in Srikakulam and Nellore (14 of them), Ms Medha Patkar called these a waste of unrenewable sources of energy.

Narmada Bachao Andolan (Save Narmada Campaign) leader Medha Patkar on Tuesday led a sit- in agitation at the Narmada Control Authority (NCA) office in Indore demanding right to life and land for farmers and tribals affected by the Narmada valley proj- ect.

Ahmedabad: People

Gargi Parsai

The Narmada dam (Sardar Sarovar Project) needs a review not funds, Narmada Bachao Andolan leader Medha Patkar said here on Tuesday, slamming the Gujarat government's push for seeking permission to raise the height of the dam when over 2 lakh families of tribals, farmers, fish workers, artisans and traders still occupied the submergence zone.