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Chat on "Citizen Participation in Environmental Issues" dated March 18, 2007

     Susan  Welcome to IWC chat on " Citizen Participation in Environmental Issues" 
    ajitvvf  goodevening susan 
    Susan  Are you Ajit Seshadri of VVF? 
    ajitvvf  many thanks for including our article on waste-water reuse at vasant vihar 
    Susan  Yes, that is a story which has to be told, I felt 
    ajitvvf  i have met mr. ritwick at an environment day celebrations, 
    Susan  Ritwick is just logging in, I spoke with him 
    ajitvvf  another big issue at delhi is of felling of trees cover,and alternate green cover not coming up causing local warming 
    Susan  Are you referring to Sunder Nagar Nursary? 
    go2mayil  hi all 
    amlandutta  hello everyone 
    Susan  Hi Amlan and go2mayil 
    Susan  Where are you from amlan and go2 
    amlandutta  what are we talking about today,, ? 
    ajitvvf  Hi to all on line, yes susan 7 HCBS corridors coming up at delhi, each to fell atlaeast 3000 trees this is huge devastation in the name of development 
    amlandutta  I am from the Dhamra Port Company Ltd. 
    amlandutta  among my other jobs ,, I have to bring up plantations in an area roughly the size of 500 acres 
    go2mayil  I am from chennai 
    ajitvvf  i am ajit seshadri from vigyanvijay an ngo at delhi doing envrmntl work our website 
    amlandutta  I was at WTI for two years before this working in wildlife enforcement assistance 
    amlandutta  basically a wildlife biologist.. 
    ajitvvf  hi amlan, where is dhamra port, iam a marine engineer by profession, now turned an envrnmntl planner 
    Susan  Hi Ritwick, the floor is yours. 
    Ritwick  Hello All ! 
    Ritwick  question time starts now !! 
    amlandutta  it is at orissa coast, 60 km
    ajitvvf  hi Ritwick, just for info how do you address envrnmntl issues, is it by PILs or any thing else,, 
    Ritwick  Mixed one with PIL as well as getting people to effectively engage with environmental decsion making process 
    Ritwick  is anybody there ?? 
    ajitvvf  very good, the issues of SEZs is confusing everyone, how does one opt for due developmental gains 
    Ritwick  SEZ legislation subverst all due process and only aimed at the interest of the corporate world 
    ajitvvf  very bad here one sees only corporate's interest and other factors like environment,rural habitats, traditional agricuture is sacificed!! 
    amlandutta  Hello Ritwick da.. 
    Ritwick  How are you now that you are on the other side of the fence ??!!!!! 
    amlandutta  ,, yes thats my job even though i am on the other side,, its my mandate to see,, that things work my way 
    Ritwick  Amlan one IUCN doing a study on Dhamra port. 
    amlandutta  ritiwick da, I am sitting in a plane on route to delhi,, plane is scheduled for take off at 8 pm 
    Ritwick  Thats good to know that committed persons like you are there who will keep the interest of environment into account 
    amlandutta  yes ritwick da, it is but i cant say much now till the final report is out,, thats why i didnt respond to the nat hist speculations 
    Susan  If only more corporates became environmentally conscious! 
    amlandutta  we really want to do everything possible,, and i am basically a one man dept and report directly to the CEO , who has told me very clearly

    that amlan you can stop any work if it is not happening to ur satisfaction 
    Susan  Go2mayil what is your experience in Chennai? 
    amlandutta  ok ritwick da,, flight is taking off,, will see u in delhi,, hope you would be there,, 
    Ritwick  ok amlan...see you in delhi 
    amlandutta  byee,, time to log off.. 
    ajitvvf  we need to have committed and learned persons and including some MPs passionate to environment to tackle issues 

    ajitvvf  bye amlan we will be in touch thro susan 
    Susan  Thanks Amlan. Ritwick can you tell briefly how to go about filing a PIL as a citizen? 
    Ritwick  PIL can be filed by any citizen before the Supreme Court and High Court. One cannoit file if one has a private interest in the matter 
    Ritwick  NGOs and Citizens can file it 
    Susan  VVF -can file a PIL about the felling of trees may be? 
    Ritwick  yes they can if they have done proper research... 
    Susan  Ritwick pl say someting about the recent amendments to EIA 
    Ritwick  I have to leave now as I have to prepare for my cases tomorrow   
    Susan  Thanks a lot for coming. and sparing time. 
    ajitvvf  yes susan it sounds fine to file PIL but felling has already started we need a CHIPKO movement revival 
    Susan  Wish more people had logged in. If you can send me a small write up we will publish it 
    ajitvvf  go2mayil hi mayil means peacock any connection 
    Susan  Ajit, I think he has logged off too. 
    Susan  I have asked Ritwick to send a small write up hope we can publish it as a general intro. to role of law in environment. We have to begin

    ajitvvf  susan, metro at delhi is on example of losing of tree cover and complete eco-system with it, we don't even work to plant altrnate green cover,

    there is malaysia who goes a bit more to have 2 to 3 year old trees and plant them in new areas with extended care this is real eco-tech which is

    welcome, any takers!! 

    ajitvvf  susan is it only u & me!! did u come for the book launch of" birds in our life "a book by ashish ..... from kalpavriksh valmik thapar and nita

    shah vulture lady was also present. 
    Susan  no i missed it 
    Susan  i think we will call it a day too 
    ajitvvf  yes susan i am a frequent visitor to the bio-diversity park at burari north of wazirabad good work ndeed 
    Susan  thanks Ajit for coming 
    ajitvvf  ok susan all the best good nite


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