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lakesESG's PIL protects Lakes of Bangalore

In an unprecedented decision, High Court of Karnataka accepts report of its committee headed by Justice Mr. N. K. Patil to protect Bangalore's highly polluted and encroached lakes. Read More (Press Release and Excerpts from the Report)

Complete Report (PDF, 2.3 MB);
18 Annexures (ZIP, 2.0 MB)

Public Consultation Must in Planning and Building Metro or any Infrastructure Project

ESG's efforts in correcting the irrational development of the Bangalore Metro has received a boost. High Court of Karnataka in an unprecedented ruling on ESG's PIL over the illegal development of the Metro has held that such urban projects must involve public in decision making, thus breathing new life for the comprehensive implementation of the Karnataka Town and Country Planning Act. Read on...

Bangalore's Toxic Legacy: Investigating Mavallipura's illegal landfills

mavallipuraESG's analysis reveals that the environmental disaster going on in Mavallipura is due to illegal toxic landfills, that recently resulted in the deaths of a 15 year old boy and an elderly man. Read ESG's press release; Read Dalit Sangharsha Samiti's press release

Mangalore Air Crash

bajpe airportA plane carrying 167 crashed at Mangalore Int'l Airport on 22nd May, reportedly overshooting the runway while landing. This is the direct result of criminal negligence on the part of planning and regulatory authorities during the construction of the runway. Read more.

Successful Protest Opposing Tree Act Amendment

treesOn the eve of World Biodiversity Day, over a hundred people came together in front of the Karnataka State Forest Department headquarters to protest a proposed regressive amendment to the Karnataka Tree Preservation Act. Read more.

A brief study of Street Vendors in the city of Bengaluru; Oct 2010; 7.7MB

In recent times, the city of Bengaluru is witnessing an enormous spatial change along with changes in local culture and society. Streets are being widened and the metro is pushing its way through the city at the cost of lives and livelihoods. Urban poor have been the most affected by such magnanimous projects, without being recognized by the Government most times. This survey report conducted with with support of students of CMR College, Bengaluru, examines the problems faced today by street vendors of Bangalore city.

esgBangalore People's Forum came out with a Peoples Manifesto for the recent local govt elections based on inputs from diverse sectors and after many consultations. Read more.

esgIn a representation to the PM, ESG argues that The Nuclear Liability Bill may be part of an overarching strategy to whittle down India's absolute liability regime. Read more.

biodiversityMr. Jairam Ramesh has confirmed that the 190 plants listed in MoEF's Notification would be exempt from the Biodiversity Act, 2002, "provided they are traded as commodities." Read more.

brinjalJairam Ramesh placed a moratorium on the clearance accorded to Bt Brinjal in February. Read more.

commonsOn 30th Nov a protest was held against the Karnataka Govt's plan to make ID Cards mandatory for Cubbon Park and Lalbagh. Read more.

public interestOn 27 Nov Usha Ramanathan spoke on "Changing Ideas of Rights, Wrongs and Public Interest" Read more.

ESG is an independent not-for-profit organisation that promotes the cause of environmental and social justice through research, documentation, advocacy, training and campaign support. We aim to support the rights of local communities and voiceless ecosystems in a responsible, progressive manner that keeps contextual complexities in mind.

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