Comments On SWM Interventions/Policies And For A Consultation On 9th April 2022 In Response To Directive From Karnataka High Court

Environment Support Group has been involved in initiating resilient and sustainable structural reforms in waste management through field, policy and legal interventions for over two decades now.  Our work, primarily based out of Bangalore metropolitan area (14 million) and Karnataka State, is in coordination with similar efforts nationwide. We work closely with trade unions advancing labour, occupational and health rights of those handling waste, and we also work with vulnerable communities suffering serious contamination due to waste disposal, to ensure their Rights to Health, Clean Environment, Life and Livelihoods is upheld.

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Karnataka District Lake Protection Committee – RTI Documents

Based on the petitions filed by ESG, WP 817/2008 and WP 38401/2014 – PILs relating to protection, conservation and rehabilitation of lakes of Karnataka and their Raja Kaluves, the Honourable High court came out with an order to form District lake protection committees in all districts across Karnataka. To follow up on this order, ESG filed RTIs to all the districts in Karnataka seeking information on the functioning of the said committees. This sheet contains

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Building Environmental Jurisprudence To Reclaim Lakes As Commons For Posterity: Compilation Of ESG Lake Work

Collated here are petitions, affidavits, memos and notes filed by ESG to protect lakes of Karnataka before Karnataka High Court (WP 817/2008 & WP 38401/2014) and Supreme Court of India (Civil Appeal 17166/2013). You will also find here judicial orders, reports and laws that are an outcome of this ongoing effort. This section will be updated frequently.

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A New Chapter In Decentralised Governance Of Lakes Of Karnataka: Principal Bench Of Karnataka High Court directs The State To Constitute District Lake Protection Committees In Environment Support Group V. State Of Karnataka (WP No. 817 Of 2008)

On 15 June 2021, the Principal Bench of the Karnataka High Court headed by Chief Justice Abhay Oka pronounced an order that will significantly change lake governance across Karnataka state, in rural and urban areas. This order will now pave the way for truly decentralised governance of lakes as commons, allowing the local public direct access to these Committees. The order was issued in response to an application made by Leo F. Saldanha, Coordinator of Environment Support Group, who sought modifications to the landmark 2012 judgment in ESG’s Lakes PIL Environment Support Group v. State of Karnataka (W.P. No. 817/2008), to strengthen lake governance from the ground up.

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Changing Lives And Livelihoods Of Challakere: First Impressions Of The Unscientific Science City

By Ashwin Lobo, Research Associate, ESG. In January 2021, the ESG team visited these villages to understand the futuristic Science City means to the local communities. The stories we heard left us grasping for reason, as we struggled to fully comprehend just how much they have lost; We also were amazed by their resilience, particularly their feisty spirit to struggle on and protect the last remaining patches of these once pristine grasslands.

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PILs Challenge Imposition Of Curfew On Bangalore Preventing Protests Against CAA/NRC

Public Interest Litigations were filed in the morning of 19th December 2019 challenging the imposition of Sec 144 of The Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973,[1] across Bangalore. The impugned order was issued late in the night of 18thDecember by Mr. Bhaskar Rao, IPS, Bangalore Police Commissioner and effective till midnight of 21st December 2019[2].  The implication of this order is that curfew is declared across the city, and assembly of five or more persons is prohibited. The PILS came

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New Book – India’s Risks: Democratizing The Management Of Threats To Environment, Health, And Values

Edited by : Raphaelle Moor & M.V. Rajeev Gowda (original source) Published by – Oxford University Press, India 24 June 2014 We gratefully acknowledge that the Editors of this book have directed all royalties and other proceeds from the sale of this book as a contribution to ESG and its environmental and social justice efforts. Buy the book and help ESG do more! Background to India’s Risks: A prospective superpower, India is still grappling with

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National Green Tribunal Halts All Construction Activity In Challakere Amrut Mahal Kavals

Extensive construction was ongoing in violation of NGT orders and environmental and forest protection laws 26 February 2014 Downloads: ESG Press Release – English ESG Press release – Kannada ESG Representation to KSPCB for withdraing CFE issued to DRDO, Sagitaur NGT order regarding Challakere dated 14.2.2014 KSPCB Consent for Establishment (CFE) to DRDO dated 3.9.2013 KSPCB Consent for Establishment (CFE) to Sagitaur dated 3.9.2013 Date : 26.2.2014 PRESS RELEASE National Green Tribunal halts all construction

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Karnataka High Court Issues Notice In PIL Highlighting Egregious Biopiracy And Governmental Apathy

Meanwhile, Karnataka scandalously transfers prosecuting officers in biopiracy case 21 November 2012 Downloads: ESG Release: PIL on Biodiversity Loss and Biopiracy Transfer order of Officer prosecuting agt biopiracy ESG PIL Kar HC Challenging Biopiracy and Biodiversity Loss The Principal Bench of the High Court of Karnataka (comprising Chief Justice Mr. Vikramjit Sen and Justice Mrs. B. V. Nagarathna) ordered issue of notice on 21 Nov 2012 in the Public Interest Litigation (Writ Petition No. 41532/2012)

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Public Interest Litigation In Karnataka High Court Challenging Callous Disregard For Biodiversity Protection

16 October 2012 Downloads: ESG Release: PIL on Biodiversity Loss and Biopiracy Release: 16 October 2012: Bangalore Public Interest Litigation in Karnataka High Court challenging callous disregard for biodiversity protection Environment Support Group has filed a Public Interest Litigation (WP No. 41532/2012) in the Karnataka High Court challenging widespread violations of the Biological Diversity Act, 2002 and various interconnected laws, and thereby the Convention on Biological Diversity, 1992. Taking note of the PIL, the Principal

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Identifying Traditional And Responsible Ways Of Celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi

A One Day Workshop for Children (Ages 7-15) 8 September 2012 ; Time: 9.30 am to 4.30 pm ; Venue: ESG Office, Bangalore Downloads: Workshop for kids on Ecofriendly Ganesh Chaturthi Ganesh Chaturthi is the birthday of Lord Ganesha, the elephant-headed Hindu God. As we all know, He is a very popular god in India and has become a popular symbol around the world too. Ganesha in different art forms has broken many boundaries of

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ESG’s PIL To Protect Lakes, Justice N. K. Patil Report On Lakes Protection, Karnataka Government Orders Constituting Lakes Protection Committees, And Various Reports On Wetlands

27 May 2012 Downloads: ESG Petition in High Court- 817/2008 and Contempt Petition ESG submission to N.K.Patil Committee and one report of Patil Committee Patil Committee report for Preservation of lakes in Karnataka ESG reports and booklets on lakes- 1 ESG reports and booklets on lakes- 2 ESG reports and booklets on lakes- 3 ESG Lakes Case Kar HC and GOK Order Forward Foundation Lakes Case NGT and SC Orders Kar Statutes on Lakes Protection

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Karnataka High Court Committee Strongly Discourages “commercial” Involvement In Lake Management And Rejuvenation

ESG’s PIL is basis for this proposal 2 November 2011 Downloads: Press Release on Justice Patil Report on Privatisation of Lakes Report of the Justice Patil Committee regarding Privatisation of Lakes, dated 10 Oct 2011   PRESS RELEASE : Bangalore : 02 November 2011 Karnataka High Court Committee strongly discourages “commercial” involvement in lake management and rejuvenation   In a significant development, the Committee appointed under the Chairmanship of Justice Mr. N. K. Patil, Judge

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National Biodiversity Authority To Prosecute Mahyco/Monsanto And Collaborators Promoting Bt Brinjal In Violation Of Biodiversity Protection Law

11 August 2011 Downloads: Annexure A: Copy of ESG’s complaint to NBA, 15th Feb 2010 Annexure B: Copy of letter from Karnataka Biodiversity Board to NBA, May 28, 2011 Annexure C: Copy of Monsanto’s application to access 2 varieties of Indian onions Annexure D: Agreement between UAS Dharwas & Mahyco, March 2005 (Pages 1-15) Annexure D: Agreement between UAS Dharwas & Mahyco, March 2005 (Pages 16-27) Annexure E: Material Transfer Agreement between TN Agricultural University

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Mangalore Air Crash Tragic Fallout Of Criminal Negligence Of Planning And Regulatory Authorities

Press Release : 22 May 2010 Downloads: Press Release Mangalore Air Crash 22 May 2010 An Air India Express Boeing 737-800 aircraft arriving from Dubai with 167 on board 2010 tragically crashed at Mangalore International Airport at 6.30 am today (22 May 2010). It is reported that the plane overshot the runway while landing and fell over a cliff resulting in this disastrous crash. Very few are known to have survived this horrific crash. This

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Dalit Resistance To The Expansion Of Mangalore Airport

Mangalore Air Crash Tragic Fallout of Criminal Negligence of Planning and Regulatory Authorities Press Release : Mangalore : 22 May 2010 Downloads: Mangalore Air Crash a result of Negligience: ESG Release An Air India Express Boeing 737-800 aircraft arriving from Dubai with 167 on board 2010 tragically crashed at Mangalore International Airport at 6.30 am today (22 May 2010). It is reported that the plane overshot the runway while landing and fell over a cliff

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ESG’s PIL Initiatives Advancing Socially Just & Ecologically Progressive Management Of Solid Waste

ESG has consistently been involved in issues and concerns relating to municipal solid waste management in Bangalore metropolitan area since 1999.  We have also worked in developing the State’s first Solid Waste Management Plan, which was done with support from the Indo-Norwegian Environment Programme for Raichur Municipality in north Karnataka.   We also work with Pourakarmikas, workers who maintain cleanliness of our cities, towns and villages, and with various communities impacted by landfills and waste dumping.

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All Documents In ESG’s PIL Against Bt. Brinjal And Biopiracy In High Court Of Karnataka And Connected Orders In NGT, Chennai And Supreme Court Of India

Update(30 Nov 2022): The Hon’ble Supreme Court of India by its order dated 22nd November 2022 allowed a Special Leave Petition filed by Environment Support Group [SLP(C) 7951/2014]. Thereby setting aside the 2nd December 2013 decision of the Karnataka High Court transferring the Public Interest Litigation (WP 41532/2012[1]) to the National Green Tribunal. Downloads: – ESG PIL in High Court of Karnataka_ WP 41532-2012_Biopiracy– HC order_2.12.2013 transferring case to NGT, Chennai – NGT Orders from 29.01.16 to

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FAQ On How Biological Diversity Act Applies To The Approval Of Bt Brinjal (GMO) In India

Downloads: FAQ on How Biological Diversity Act applies to the approval of Bt Brinjal (GMO) in India FAQ on Kannada on How Biological Diversity Act applies to the approval of Bt Brinjal (GMO) in India community outreach,biodiversity,brinjal,resources,Bt brinjal,legal clearance,national biodiversity authority,National Biological Dicersity Act 2002

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Dalit Resistance To The Expansion Of Mangalore Airport

Vimana Nildhana Vistharana Virodhi Samithi (Citizens Alliance Against Airport Expansion), a committee of project affected communities largely constituting Dalit families, have been resisting the expansion of Bajpe airport near Mangalore for more than a decade now. ESG has facilitated the Samithi in organising their resistance in a variety of ways, including advocating through the media, organising public protests, initiating Public Interest Litigations and representing their cause before a variety of regulatory agencies including the International

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Karnataka High Court Orders In ESG’s PIL Against Lake Privatisation And For Wise Use And Conservation Of Lakes

Downloads: wp-817-2008-orders-160112.doc campaigns,lakes,resources,bangalore,commons,east india hotels,high Court,Justice Khehar,Justice N. K. Patil,Justice Vikramjit Sen,karnataka,lake development authority,lakes,leo saldanha,Oberoi,privatisation,sunil dutt yadav

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