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  • ...a "cash-cow" for the

    ...a "cash-cow" for the benefit of a very few, investors, politicians and "professionals", at the cost of all the other people. The British have gone but their mentality is still here, and inspire these "professionals" who put their tools and skill at the service of the destruction of the health of the entire environment and of the people at large. Let us refuse this self-destroying madness, at whatever level we are.

    This clear and simply written article is an eye-opener.

    Posted by: Anonymous | 6 years ago | Reply
  • Congratulations, Sayantan.

    Congratulations, Sayantan.

    The "death of an activist" is a shame to our state and the government, and shows the general apathy of most environmental NGOs. When I spoke to some NGOs who talk big about "saving wetlands", they never bothered to take up the issue of the murder of Tapan Dutta, lest that spoils the favours from the political leaders.

    Just the same way, they did not move a finger when I accused the Bankura forest dept of felling 130 sal trees in a sacred grove - lest the fund and favours they receive from the forest dept are spoiled.

    Hope your article will spur some activity to Tapan's family's support. But then, DTE is seldom read by the general people in Bengal. (You won't find a copy of DTE from most book stalls, including the Wheelers in the Rly stations, and even in prestigious Kolkata elite book shops, including the Oxford and Seagull !!)
    Congrats, again.

    Debal Deb

    Posted by: Anonymous | 6 years ago | Reply
  • Excellent, detailed story

    Excellent, detailed story

    Posted by: Anonymous | 6 years ago | Reply
  • Congrats, Sayantan Bera, for

    Congrats, Sayantan Bera, for this very well written piece. I hope this leads to some more awareness on this, as to expect an axn is too much. However, CSE should write to MoEF to take axn on this immediately and also write to Civil Society Groups on W Bengal. Should also check if any of the projects have funding from JNNRUM-related projects. And whether they have got MoEF clearance.

    Posted by: Anonymous | 6 years ago | Reply
  • Hi, I am concerned about the


    I am concerned about the water being polluted in our area in Chennai. I stay in Medavakkam Kootu Road -South Chennai and for the past six months I find that the drainage water is being allowed to mix with the existing neat lake there. I always have wondered why we don't setup water recycling plants in every panchayat but simply make huge drains and direct them into the lakes present in that area. I know for sure that when people had cleared their own septic tanks it was good but this communal drainage is going to affect our nearby area where there are around 1,000 housing communities. As the authorities are promoting this, I want to know whom to complain to.

    Posted by: Anonymous | 6 years ago | Reply
  • Ranjini, you might inform or

    Ranjini, you might inform or lodge a complaint with the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board.

    Posted by: Sayantan Bera | 2 years ago | Reply
  • Exactly such a situation is

    Exactly such a situation is prevailing in the vicinity of Akkulam Lake in Trivandrum. Local residents heartily laugh at sophisticated advertisements by real-estate giants for lake-side multi-storied residential apartments. The lake is fully overgrown with eicchornia and water hyacinth, and dredging (sanctioned 3-4 years ago) has stopped.
    It won't be long before specialist re-appropriators claim the land. The water hyacinth has encroached into the adjacent Veli lake, making boating difficult.

    Posted by: Anonymous | 6 years ago | Reply
  • It is true that the sight of

    It is true that the sight of pristine clear water body with small ripples on the surface and a cool breeze across your face can relax you like anything. I too love to near a lake and to have easy access to the water body. But if we do not use water judiciously, we might end up depleting our sources.

    Posted by: Anonymous | 5 years ago | Reply
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