NGOs allege EIA irregularities


The Asian Age 8 December 2000 Page 10

By our Special Correspondent


Bangalore Dec 7: Two non-governmental organisations Environmental Support Group and Parisara Samrakshana Kendra, on Wednesday alleged that the Environment Impact Assessment report, prepared by the Tate Energy Research Institute with respect to Dandeli dam power project was “secondary and spurious”. In a statement issued here, the NGOs said the EIA prepared by TERI was not in compliance with the EIA guidelines set by the Centre.


Dr. Ranjit Daniels, an expert on bio-diversity, reviewed the EIA on the NGOs’ behalf and came to the conclusion that the data presented in the report were secondary and spurious.


According to the NGOs Dr. Daniels was of the view that the recommendations based on the EIA would not be accepted. Dr Daniel was quoted as saying that TERI had copied information without acknowledgement and without relevance to the project area.


The organisation disputed the claims of TERI that it had conducted a survey in the dam site area for a period for one month, employing 375 men. The NGOs maintained that only 15 people did the field work for a week.