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What an interesting coincidence ...of course we have nothing to worry coz none of our politicians have any biases or conflict of interest! They are completely altruistic beings with not a greedy or selfish bone in them ! We have to trust them completely to take us to hell in a hand basket!
Congratulations to Shri Parmar for his most innovative and cost effective solution for a very serious problem.
He must not only be appreciated and awarded for his wisdom, but also must be provided with financial help by public figures of the area, state and central government as well.
Hats off to Parmarji for his efforts and proving Indian ingenuity.
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Congratulations, it is an eye opener to other states that are thinking of such schemes.
In Hyderabad, the government is talking of Sabarmati-like project on the Musi river, a filthy unhygenic waste water flow. Two drinking water reservoirs were built on the Musi and its tributary, the Easa. Only during the four rainy months there is some chance to get fresh water into the river. Most of the time it carries only wastewater.
In Sabarmati, Narmada water flows but in the Musi, industrial and domestic sewage flows, and more than 50 per cent of the river banks are encroached.
The objective here is to mint money as bribes by converting on either side of Musi Banks for commercial use under the disguise of recreational centres. Even in the case of Sabarmati river the treated domestic sewage as well treated industrial waste water are discharged -- I have seen the point of discharge. I went along with delegates from industry on the advise of Supreme Court Monitoring Committee.
Andhra Pradesh government should stop wasting public money on Musi beautification instead protect the water bodies in the catchment areas and fill them with treated waste water which help in recharging dwindling groundwater.
Dr. S. Jeevananda Reddy
Thanks. You have raised a very pertinent issue. My family is a great lover of Makhana and we use it in different ways. Slowly, the ponds and wetlands of North Bihar where Makhana grows are vanishing. Reasons are many.
In this regard I would like to inform that Sometime back the Publications Division, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Govt. of India asked me to write a book on Biodiversity. It was in response to the year 2010 being declared by the UN as the “Year of Biodiversity”. Aim of the Publications Division was to have a book on this important subject which could be useful for general readers as well as for those who had knowledge on the subject. It was a challenge for me as the subject was of technical/scientific nature. To make it comprehensible for all could be difficult. However, I started working on the project and to my delight the manuscript was approved by the Publications Division. It is now published and is available for purchase. The book has large number of beautiful photographs related to Biodiversity, including our Food Biodiversity.
Title of the Book is: Living with Others, Biodiversity around us.
Price is only Rs. 190/-
The book is available from the Sales Centres of the Publications Division. Also, the Publications Division has Agents in different cities and towns. The full lists are available on their website:
The basic issue we must understand is that in India nobody obeys or follow laws -- you can get away with anything by bribing. So, the main concern under these circumstances is to use the precautionary principle. This is the only solution when we talk of GM crops when the seed market is under the control of multinational companies. Monsanto alone controls more than 87% of GM global seed market. With their money power MNCs purchase everybody in their way and ensure non GM seed is not available to farmers in the market. Naturally, the author tries to interview the people with business interests and they give answers about what is good for them. In Andhra Pradesh, several food crop GM seeds are being illegally tested. No government agency dares to touch the seed companies.
The only way to stop this menace is making India GM free. Which department controls is irrelevant subject. They can buy any department.
Dr. S. Jeevananda Reddy
In India lakhs of crores worth minerals are mined every year all over the country. Some part is meeting the local needs and other part is meeting legal & illegal export in terms of raw and finished products. If one wants to present the real picture without any bias, start from the area in different states, quality of ore, leased area plus illegal mining area, local use, export (legal & illegal), etc. Then tell to the people who are the real culprits. Instead of that targeting one or two like politicians may not be a good practice. The article goes in this direction only. Against Gali the case was filed by politicians to serve their political game. Iron ore mining was not considered an important issue when the price was low. In Andhra Pradesh the mining of iron ore started even before Gali was born.
Here the major issue is illegal export. Without the tacit support from port management it will not take place. Gali would have not exported illegally if any without the knowledge of Krishnapatnam port authorities. They are the main culprits. But, so much violation took place even Karnataka and Goa why Gali was put behind bars and others are freely moving? See the data presented in the article:
2005-10 -- Karnataka -- production 213.81 mt -- export -- 61.25 mt -- illegal export -- 23.18 mt
2005-10 -- Goa -- production 155.38 mt -- export 194.94 mt -- illegal export 39.56 mt
This clearly indicate our legal system, investigating system and environmental movement system are serving the vested interests with biased mind set.
You wrote Gali destroyed interstate boundary but at the same time you wrote Supreme Court asked survey to identify the boundary. This is not a good.
I wrote an article in Vaartha [12-8-2010] -- "Mineral industry: discussion". In 2006, globally iron ore mining data shows: global 1690 mt; China 520 mt, Australia 270 mt, Brazil 300 mt, India 150 mt. In 2003 around 105.5 mt produced of which 31 mt exported. In our country High grade iron ore is available 1280 mt; MP 630 mt, Orissa 320 mt, Karnataka 220 mt, Bihar 85; medium grade 4200 mt; Bihar 1790, Orissa 1300, MP 485, Karnataka 440, Goa 150 mt -- low to medium grade in AP, Kerala, Maharashtra, Rajasthan. This clearly shows it is not alone Karnataka and Goa there are other states where iron ore mining is carried out. While writing such articles bring out all the culprits.
Dr. S. Jeevananda Reddy
I live in a flat on the 8th floor which is also the top floor/ I have three windows facing west. I want to reduce the heat from the roof top. Although nobody walks on the roof but I am not very clear whether thermocol will withstand the pressure if somebody walks on it even if it is covered with white tiles. Please suggest the best option.
I found this editorial very interesting and important. I hope it is brought up and discussed at the World Environmental Education Congress 2013 (WEEC 2013)which is scheduled to take place in June 2013 in Morocco. With nearly 3000 participants from some 105 countries a discussion should result in some interesting contributions of views. Best. Rohan Wickramasinghe (Sri Lanka)