Development projects and environment will go together: Prakash Javadekar

Date of Release: 
Jun 15 2014

Union minister of state for environment Prakash Javadekar on Saturday said that there was no conflict between development projects and environment protection in India. He added that Narendra Modi led government will ensure that development is not halted because of environment clearance and environment is not damaged because of development projects.

Javadekar was speaking to reporters in Pune. When asked about fears expressed by environmentalists that Modi government was pushing for development projects without evaluating environment damages, Javadekar said that there were no such case.


Draft requires environmental reviews of government policy

Date of Release: 
Oct 22 2013

A new draft amendment to China's Environment Law that was presented to lawmakers on Monday would require local governments to carefully consider how their long-term development strategies affect the environment.

Currently, environmental impact reviews focus on individual projects, but no environmental restriction has been placed on overall development plans.

Experts said the amendment is a good step forward.


Failed EIAs kick Bangkok's condos to the kerb

Date of Release: 
Oct 9 2013

A growing number of condo projects already launched for sale have failed to win environmental impact assessment (EIA) approval, forcing developers to return booking money and revise project designs.

The problem, which causes projects to be delayed or even scrapped entirely, was common a few years ago and has recently re-emerged in the booming condo sector.

The condo developer Grand Unity Development Co, a subsidiary of the SET-listed Univentures Plc, for instance, sent a letter to customers this week saying its two condo projects had failed their EIAs.


Groups calling for special environmental impact assessment for Malaysia's Tanjung Aru beach

Date of Release: 
Sep 22 2013

Concerned groups are calling for a special environmental impact assessment for the proposed massive redevelopment of the scenic Tanjung Aru beach area here.

Among them is the Sabah Environmental Protection Association (SEPA) that is also urging the government to speed up the setting up of a project office to enable the public to obtain answers about redevelopment scheme.

SEPA president Lanash Thanda said there had been public apprehension about the project since its disclosure on Sept 16.

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