The Environment

Destructive decisions

Print edition : June 12, 2015

Lush greenery along the approach road to Araku Valley in Visakhapatnam district of Andhra Pradesh. With dwindling forest cover as a result of rapid urbanisation and proposed mining project in the area, the greenery may disappear soon. Photo: K.R. DEEPAK

Villagers gather on the fringes of the Mahan forest during a protest against a coal mining project in Singrauli district in Madhya Pradesh on February 27. They have vowed to fight plans by Mahan Coal Ltd to mine part of the 1,000 sq. km woods for coal. Photo: REUTERS

Prakash Javadekar, Union Minister of State for Environment, Forests and Climate Change, addressing a press conference on climate change issues in New Delhi on February 6. Photo: Kamal Narang

The first year of the Modi government has been characterised by a brazen disregard for the environment and an eagerness to fast-track clearances for projects in forest areas. At this rate, things may take a turn for the worse in the rest of the term.
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