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Licence to plunder

Print edition : February 21, 2014

At Ladapari village in Sundergarh district of Odisha with the Khandadhar falls in the background. The area is proposed to be mined for iron ore by Posco. Photo: Lingaraj Panda

In the Agency area of Visakhapatnam district where the Andhra Pradesh government is planning to undertake bauxite mining through the A.P. Mineral Development Coroporation. Ecologists contend that the fragile ecosystem and the Girijans in the area are at grave risk.

Jayanthi Natarajan. Photo: V. Sudershan

M. Veerappa Moily, who took additional charge of the Ministry of Environment on December 24. Photo: RAMESH SHARMA

In a bid to make the UPA government appear investor-friendly, M. Veerappa Moily gives green clearance to 73 projects, including the controversial Posco steel plant, within 20 days of assuming office, ignoring community forest rights and raising concerns about serious damage to the environment.

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