Compensatory afforestation is a dubious and controversial environmental “offset” that is adding to environmental damage instead of mitigating or compensating it. Compensatory afforestation may actually be accelerating the invasion of India’s forests by big corporations, in collusion with a permissive state, by legitimising the destruction of forests, greenwashing the land grabs, and encroaching on common property resources and community-held lands.

Over 300 anti-Polavaram activists of Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Telengana assembled at Koraput on Thursday and vowed to fight against the multi-purpose project.

The NGT, after considering the affidavit on Monday, adjourned hearing to January

The petitioner stated that the design of the project had been changed several times.

BEHRAMPUR: The BJD on Tuesday staged demonstrations in front of collectors' offices in seven southern districts, upping the ante over the multi-purpose Polavaram project in Andhra Pradesh.

BJD leaders staged a dharna in front of Raj Bhavan opposing Polavaram project and a party delegation led by Tribal Development Minister Lal Bihari Himirika submitted a memorandum to President Prana

A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar asked the counsel for the Environment Ministry to submit a status report on the project and the Office Memorandum issued by it for stopping

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Dari Linga & Others Vs. Union of India & Others dated 17/08/2016 regarding Polavaram project, Andhra Pradesh. Counsel appearing for the MoEF submits that they would take instructions as to what is the fate of the Office Memorandum issued by the Ministry stopping the work of the project.

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Centre jacks up its share for the nationalised project.

The government will complete the Polavaram project by 2018 just as it completed Pattiseema in a record time of one year, said Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu.

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