Handigondi Rock

29 May, 2005


(The Handigondi Rock near Ramanagram)

Fire Safety in Schools

9 August, 2004


All of us were shocked and saddened by the death of more than 90 school children in Kumbakonam, Tamil Nadu on July 16th, 2004. Such images of abject grief, of victims, of largely avoidable man-made disasters, occur repeatedly in India and are soon forgotten till the next incident jolts public memory again.

Prime Minister asked to stop unconstitutional amendment to EIA Notification extending sops to industry during elections

Press Release : Bangalore : 24 March 2009

More than 500 environmentalists, people's movements, social activists, social action networks, NGOs and concerned individuals from across India and the world have called for suspension of all work on the proposed amendments to the Environment Impact Assessment Notification - 2006. In a letter addressed to Prime Minister Dr.


EIA Notification 2006 Amendment

23 March, 2009


In 2006, the Indian Environment and Forest Ministry (MoEF) comprehensively amended the EIA Notification despite widespread concerns that it promoted weak and undemocratic environmental regulatory systems. MoEF is now back with a further amendment extending a 3 year holiday from rigorous environmental compliance to highly polluting and resource intensive industrial and infrastructure sectors.

The Dandeli EIA Fraud

27 August, 2000


ESG along with Parisara Samrakshana Kendra, Sirsi, ran a campaign to stop a dam proposed across the Kali River by the Murdeshwar Power Corporation Ltd. (MPCL). ESG exposed Ernst and Young, the international consulting firm, for plagiarising a Rapid Environment Impact Assessment (REIA) of Tattihalla Augmentation Scheme in preparing the REIA of the Dandeli dam in an attempt to secure clearances.

Keeping Public Parks the Public Commons

Protest Against ID Card for Entry to Lalbagh and Cubbon Park Gains Strength

30 November, 2009

Queen's Statue, Cubbon park, Monday, 30th November, 2009


Large numbers turned out for protest

FISHWORKERS DELEGATION SCORES CMZ VICTORY Fishworkers to be consulted prior to any new legislation/notification Separate Fisheries Ministry under consideration

Press Release : New Delhi : 3 July 2009

The Ministry of Environment has agreed to drop the proposal to replace the current “Coastal Regulation Zone” (CRZ) notification with a controversial "Coastal Management Zone" (CMZ) notification. Minister Jairam Ramesh conveyed this to a delegation of the National Fishworkers Forum (NFF), which met him in Delhi on July 02, 2009. The delegation took up a number of issues pertaining to India's 20 million strong traditional fishing community with Ministries of Environment and Forest, Agriculture, Labour and Home, and the ILO. The delegation also met the President of India.

Indian Environment and Forest Ministry to consult fishing communities before changing coastal regulations Controversial Draft CMZ Notification to lapse

Press Release : Bangalore : 3 July 2009

In a significant development, Mr. Jairam Ramesh, Indian Minister for Environment and Forests, has confirmed that no change will be undertaken in India's Coastal Regulation Notification without first consulting fishing and other communities along India's coastline. He made this commitment to a delegation of representatives from various fishing communities coordinated by the National Fishworkers Forum and Kerala Swatantra Matsya Thozhilali Federation (Kerala Independent Fishworkers Federation) when they met him in Delhi on 02 July.

Coastal Zone Management and Regulations

3 July, 2009


Why oppose the proposed Coastal Zone Management Notification

Over the past decade, as the world has worked to strengthen environmental regulations and norms, India has worked to dilute them. The process began with the BJP led NDA government at the Centre setting up the Govindarajan Committee on Investment Reforms in the late 1990s which was essentially a bureacrat and technocrat led initiative.


Chamalapura Thermal Power Plant : Powering the State, Disempowering People

1 October, 2007

The State Government of Karnataka proposed to site a 1000 MW coal fired thermal power plant at Chamalapura, H.D.Kote taluk, Mysore district in early 2007 as a BOO model public-private partnership. Right from the beginning, this proposal was met with stiff resistance from project affected people, environmentalists and social action groups.