Friday, November 13, 2009

No GHG emissions study before building dam in HP: Govt to CIC

The ministry of environment and forests had given clearance to construction of Renuka Dam in Himachal Pradesh without studying a crucial parameter -- the emission of Green House Gases from its reservoir. The data from studies in similar projects in the past showed negligible methane emissions and hence the environment impact study and green house gas emissions from this reservoir had been dispensed off with, the ministry admitted before the Central Information Commission where a plea by activists came up for hearing recently. Activist Subodh Abidi of Jan Ekta Samiti, Himachal Pradesh had questioned why the study had been ignored while giving clearance to the project which is under construction in the state.

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