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Road to hell

Issue Date: Jan 31, 1999
The automobile bug has bitten Indians. And why not? Hyundai, Daewoo, telco , Honda and Fiat, to name a few, are coming up with the most buyer-friendly (read diesel), not necessarily environment-friendly, cars. Besides the luxury cars being introduced by the world's top car manufacturers, there are of course the desi two-wheelers models which have registered a record increase of 22 times in the two decades under study.

Chimney sweepers

Issue Date: Jan 31, 1999
Cse' s study to estimate industrial pollution is based on a model called the Industrial Pollution Projection System ( ipps ), developed by the World Bank ( wb) . The wb had earlier used the same model to estimate the pollution load in countries such as Indonesia and the Philippines for the 1975-88 period.

In the future

Issue Date: Jan 31, 1999
Whether it is an accidental leak or the emission of a poisonous gas, people are getting increasingly restive. In the face of sheer corporate indifference to environmental and health hazards, they are taking recourse to the judiciary. According to cpcb , the number of court cases filed under the Water and Air Act had grown from 2,000 in 1987 to 5,900 in 1993. However, neither the courts nor the government has come up with an effective system to make the polluter accountable.

Every party to blame

Issue Date: Dec 31, 1998
THE victims of the Bhopal gas tragedy took out an 'anti-election campaign' rally in protest against political parties that have ignored the victims in their manifestos. The rally was organised by the Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Uclyog Sangathan. More than 27,000 people died in 1984 due to lack of medical treatment after mythylisocyanate leaked from a factory belonging to the

Phone jam

Issue Date: Dec 15, 1998
Angered over the alarming rise in aft pollution levels In Whk,resfdents made themselves beard when an November 2, they -flooded. the ftne Minister's office OW1 wrth telephone calls, leaving the office staff bowthlered.'rhwults %were, in response to the 'FlIght to dean eir campaign! launched by the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) on November 1. The campaign marks the smoodanolveriary of the, release of Slow murder, a study on air pollution by CSE.


Issue Date: Nov 30, 1998
LUDHIANA Ludhiana's problem is that of plenty. This industrial town has a per capita income of Rs 30,000, almost 30 times more the per


Issue Date: Nov 30, 1998
ALIGARH Aligarh was among the six districts chosen for the Green Revolution along with Ludhiana in the 1980s. The Green Revolution happened and Aligarh, like many other towns, went on to bigger things like rapid and unplanned industrialisation. In the process, the


Kottayam in central Kerala is neither an industrial town nor yet an agricultural wonder. Apart from the occasional huge mansions that break the monotony of rubber plantations and palm groves, Kottayarn looks like a town that woke up a bit too late to cash in on the industrial and even agricultural boom happening elsewhere. Kottayam prides itself on its rubber plantations which makes the


Issue Date: Nov 30, 1998
JAISALMER Jaisalmer is one of the world's prettiest 4 desert forts. And it is one of the few in which people still live. But modern Jaisalmer is also bursting at the seams and using water in a way that may destroy the very Jaisalmer tourists throng to see. Unlike other towns in this study, Jaisalmer, named after Rao Jaisal who built the huge fort in 1156, has no surfeit of

Left Hanging

Issue Date: Nov 30, 1998
THE Delhi Transport Corporation's (DTC's) ambitious plan to replace its ancient, polluting and gas-guzzling fleet with new low-emission and commuter-friendly buses has gone haywire. Irked by the DTC's decision to buy the buses from European companies, two Indian bus manufacturers lobbied intensely against the deal. It was not long before the state government gave in, stalling the process till the forthcoming elections.
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