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Uranium Mining in Nalgonda

The uranium project being set up close to the Nagarjuna Sagar Dam in Andhra Pradesh will not only occupy vast acreages of agricultural land, but will destroy forest land, the 'buffer zone' of the Rajiv Gandhi Sanctuary. More worrying is the spate of preacquisition land transactions that it has prompted. This is resulting in land transfers to outsiders who aim to gain by selling land to the Uranium Corporation of India (UCIL) later on, and to access compensations in various forms.

Politics and Economics of Land Policies

By committing itself to improving environmental conditions in the core region of the national capital, the new master plan for Delhi makes no significant departure from its predecessors. But the strategy for a balanced regional development, a relocation of industrial units to the peripheries, which appeared as a window-dressing in the first two master plans, has been entirely given the go-by.

Green Business Prospects

While the negotiations under the WTO on environmental goods and services (EGS) issue are proceeding at a slow pace, developed countries appear to be the most likely gainers in terms of increased market access for their environmental products. Most developing countries are net importers of these products. However, the Indian environmental industry is still in its infancy and if appropriately developed and offered some protection, could gain access to markets abroad.

The Chipko Movement Reconsidered

Of Myths and Movements: Rewriting Chipko in the Himalayan History by Haripriya Rangan; OUP, 2001, (first published by Verso, 2000); pp 272 + xvi, Rs 595

Karnataka: Kudremukh: Of Mining and Environment

With the recent Supreme Court verdict on Kudremukh Iron Ore Company, the associated discussions on mining by KIOCL are coming to a close. However, the environmental movement it spawned has several other issues to address, and importantly, the task of creating space for a larger debate from within.

Radioactive Minerals and Private Sector Mining

The proposals of three state governments to lease the mining rights for monazite-ilmenite to private parties need a thorough debate on all aspects with regard to the release of radioactive elements, storage and safety of wastes, and impact on the environment and food chain, before the plans are pushed through.

Human Well-Being and Sustainable Development

Human Well-Being and Sustainable Development Human Well-Being and the Natural Environment by Partha Dasgupta; Oxford University Press, Delhi, 2001; pp xxii+305, Rs 595.

Aral Sea: Environmental Tragedy in Central Asia

The Aral Sea, a terminal lake fed by two major rivers, the Syrdarya and Amudarya forms a natural border between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. In 1960 it was the fourth largest lake in the world; today it is on the verge of deteriorating into a small and dirty waterhole. The destruction of the Aral Sea is an example of how quickly environmental and humanitarian tragedy can threaten a whole region. The destruction of the Aral Sea is a textbook example of unsustainable development.

Civil Aviation Environment in India

The Indian civil aviation sector that showed impressive profits in the pre-liberalisation era has been adversely affected since the onset of the government's open-sky policy in the late 1980s. Attempts to modernise and streamline the airlines' functioning remain stymied due to technological obsolescence, successive changes in government in the mid-1990s; lack of a coherent policy on private participation as well as recalcitrance on the part of politically affiliated unions of pilots and controllers. However, as borne out by several expert recommendations, a reverse in the fortunes of India's beleaguered airlines can only occur with the dawn of professional management.
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