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Petition to Mr.Manohar Parrikar, Mr.Jose Manuel Noronha, To, Mr.Narendra Modi, Dr.Mr.Harsh Vardhan

Say No To Coal

  This is a Petition from the People of Goa. We exercise our rights for clean air, water, land and food and therefore are against the expansion of the Mormugao Port for Coal.  World over, governments are switching from Coal to more cleaner and efficient fuels for energy to control pollution and slow down climate change. Countries are reducing toxic effluents into air, water and soil. Indian industries and political clout needs to heed to these urgent needs of our times, and join this movement. We hope that Goa sets the precedent not only in Clean Energy but also in leading the way for dealing with and reducing toxic by-products and effluents of all kinds of industrial activities. The current plans of expansion of the Mormugao port suggests that coal will be imported for a Jindal steel plant in Karnataka and electricity production by Adani. These plans are being undertaken without a thorough assessment of the environmental impacts. In fact the current EIA is highly contentious and shows clearly that the concerned Environmental authorities have not given the EIA enough support. Given that we are a democracy, the rights of the People must come first. Various speakers including activists, ecologists, fishermen, students, businessmen, and members of various political parties including the ruling party, cited numerous oppositions during the eight days of Public Hearing at Tilak Maidan, Vasco-Goa regarding the expansion of coal handling facilities at MPT. The Port expansion and its connected activities can also adversely affect marine tourism and fishing – two major source of livelihoods here. But the concerned authorities did not engage them in the decision making, before giving this expansion a green signal. At present, even though the activity is on a lesser scale, people are already facing health consequences and fish is on the decline. The shoreline is disappearing and the illegal dredging is causing fears of landslides. Additionally, mangroves, lands and hills will be sacrificed to enhance this facility to handle more coal in the form of road and rail expansions.MPT has drawn a contract with the said corporates for 30 years, risking the lives of not only the people in the vicinity but all along the transportation belt. Therefore, I would like to request the you to deny permission and in fact ban, even the present on-going activity, as the project proponents seem to have knowingly flouted rules and regulations, brazenly jeopardizing the lives of people around, (including their own workers) causing atmospheric pollution, water pollution and a bio-diversity hazard. With advancements in technology we are now in a position where we can easily switch to more viable forms of energy instead of relying on conventional fuels that cause irreversible harm to the eco-system.Do we want our children and our next generations to be affected with physical deformities and struggling for fresh air and water? Think.Say No To Coal, Now.Ban all coal projects in Goa, before it’s too late. Peace and Love.Sign the Petition and Share it.  P.S: Here is another petition that shows the harmful effect and impact of Coal on marine life. http://bit.ly/2qAmiKL

Judith Coutinho
5,669 supporters
Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to Karnataka State Minister for Environment, Prakash Javadekar, Jual Oram, Karnataka State Human Rights Commission, Ms Uma Bharati, Union Minister for Home, National Human Rights Commission, Shri Siddaramaiah, Dr. G. Parameshwara, Shri Ramanath Rai, Minister for Law, Justice and Human Rights, Karnataka State Minister for Transport, Karnataka State Minister for Transport, Karnataka State Minister for Tourism, Prime Minister

Stop the railway to Coorg, save River Cauvery & your drinking water.

A railway track is going to be laid from Mysore to Coorg (Kodagu) District. The survey has been done from Kushalnagar at the border of Kodagu, to Madikeri in the interior of the District. Coorg is the Water Tank of Bangalore, it being hilly and forested, it is the main catchment  area for the River Cauvery. And it is the Cauvery that provides IT city Bangalore, with its drinking water. WHY THE RAILWAY TRACK TO COORG (KODAGU) MUST NOT BE ALLOWED TO EVEN START FROM MYSORE. - The estates and forests here are the main rain catchment area for the River Cauvery. 50% of the volume of water in the River is from here, and this volume has been decreasing steadily. The River Cauvery has decreased 40% in volume, in the last 50 years. - For a railway track to be laid, lakhs and lakhs of trees will need to be cut in this ecologically sensitive area. - The River Cauvery is the lifeline of South India and provides water to over 80 million (8 crore) people, and 600 major industries across the region. It is therefore in the National Interest to preserve the Coorg ecology. - The food, water and economic security of Southern Karnataka and Tamil Nadu hinges largely on the Cauvery River. In Karnataka, these regions include the citizens and farmers of Bangalore, Mysore, Mandya and Coorg. And in Tamil Nadu it covers the districts of Salem, Erode, Trichy, Thanjavur and Nagapattinam. - Simply put, no trees in Coorg means no River Cauvery. Every tree holds 30,000 to 40,000 litres of water, its roots release water underground to form tiny streams, and its leaves give off moisture into the air to create humidity that invites rain from passing clouds. - The sad truth is that already lakhs of trees have been cut for various so-called development projects. A high-tension power line that could have gone down the coast of Karnataka, instead of coming inland to cut over 50,000 trees in the forests of Coorg. Two road-widening projects to National Highway and State Highway standards is also planned and will cut lakhs more trees.. - Four new species of trees were added to the list of trees that can be cut as timber. This has caused a further loss of lakhs of trees within the last year. WHY SPEND RS. 1800 CRORE FOR A RAILWAY TRACK THAT HAS BEEN FOUND ECONOMICALLY NOT VIABLE? - The track is probably being pushed through despite protests, for the money that politicians can make from the contracts, and the timber money from the tree cutting that will be done. - Earlier studies done by the Railway Department of the economic feasibility of this route, have declared that this track is not financially viable. The population of Coorg and the potential traffic of customers do not call for a railway track. - The track if executed will be done at a cost Rs. 1800 crores, the returns are far too small to justify this large expense. This money can be used for more urgent and important purposes in the Country. - The excuse of promoting tourism is being given by the Govt, but the truth is the Coorg landscape has reached saturation in tourism. There are already too many resorts and home stays, and stinking piles of garbage are lining many of the roads. Water sources are drying up in the estates and forests and wild animals looking for food and water are attacking and killing the locals, quite frequently. - Another excuse given by the Government is that the coffee grown here can be sent by train to Mangalore port, but the fact is that coffee is already being despatched by road, quite efficiently and economically. Hassan District has railway connectivity, and they have not benefited noticeably from it. - Also if lakhs of trees are cut by the railway track entering Kodagu and then branching out further to other destinations in various directions, the rain and moisture in the air will be so badly affected that in a few years time coffee cannot be grown here anyway.  IT HAS BEEN CONFIRMED THAT THE RAILWAY TRACK WILL BE BUILT TILL MADIKERI IN THE INTERIOR OF THE DISTRICT. Once the railway track enters this district, it will be very easy for it to not only travel to Madikeri, but it will criss-cross all over the district to the borders with Kerala, and the borders of the Karnataka districts of Dakshina Kannada and Hassan. - Finally there will be so many tracks laid and so many lakhs of trees lost, that the local tree cover will no longer be able to generate rain and hold the water to create the River Cauvery. - The biggest losers in this tragedy will be the 8 crore people of Karnataka (including Bangalore), and Tamil Nadu, who depend on the River Cauvery. - The tree loss from the railway track entering Coorg would be in lakhs, and the long-term effect on the climate and water supply is difficult to predict. Though the heat wave conditions of the summer of 2016 and 2017, the failed monsoon and the water shortage, gave us an unpleasant taste of things to come. Please sign this petition and forward it to others who will support the cause. Help us to stop the railway track to Coorg, save the trees and protect the drinking water of 8 crore Indians in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. The petition has been addressed to the below persons in the Govt. Prime Minister of India Union Minister for Railways. Union Minister for Environment. Union Minister for Irrigation. Union Minister for Tribal Affairs. Union Home Minister - Joint Secretary. National Human Rights Commission of India. Chief Minister of Karnataka. Karnataka State Minister for Railways.  Karnataka State Minister for Environment. Karnataka State Home Minister. Karnataka Minister for Law, Justice and Human Rights. Karnataka State minster for Tourism. Karnataka State Minister for Transport. Karnataka State Human Rights Commission.

Sundar Muthanna
22,960 supporters
Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to chief minister - maharashtra ,, managing director - cidco, commissioner - nmmc, urban development department, Gurunath Arse, Ankush chavan, Chief environment secretary, Conservator of forest, Konkan divisional commissiner, Konkan division , deputy commisioner, Jayram Gowda, DFO , DCP,special , Makrand Ghodke, Regional officer, Satish Gavai, Sunil Agarwal

Chief minister , Save Nerul mangrove wetlands Sector 60 Seawoods Nerul navi mumbai

Dear Sirs , The GOM notification no. TPB – 4316/1340/CR-97/03/UD-11 of 05th October 2016 proposes to change the land use in sector 60, Nerul ‘No Development Zone to Residential and Golf Course.’ This has shocked the citizens of Mumbai / Navi Mumbai. The notification has been added as additional prayer to PIL 218/2013 before Mumbai high Court.The area is rich in biodiversity, has reserved mangrove forests and is the habitat of many bird species including migratory birds like flamingos. Its biodiversity / marine life has been studied by Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) and TERI who have issued various reports recommending that the area’s biodiversity be preserved. The matter has been put on hearing on 21st November 2017. In the meantime the mangroves and wetlands are not to be disturbed.  We were surprised that CIDCO proposes to build a Golf Course when it has recently built one in Kharghar just over 10 kms away. CIDCO, as a responsible Planning Body, should preserve the green lungs of the city and ensure residential buildings are not built in area which is a habitat birds and has protected mangroves. However even though the notification is subject matter of  court hearing , the project proponent has started construction activity  in Sector 60 involving destruction of mangroves , trees and debris dumping in wetlands which is an offence under The  Environment Protection Act 1986. Please punish the culprits and stop construction. Thanking you, Yours faithfully, Sunil Agarwal9769006781 The Navi Mumbai Environment Preservation Society NMEPS has already filed a PIL 218/2013 in Mumbai High Court. The support of maximum people will help in opening the eyes of decision makers. The petition will strengthen the hands of people fighting battle in Court. Link to NMEPS site : http://nmeps.org Link to our Facebook page :  https://www.facebook.com/groups/savenavimumbaienvironment/

sunil agarwal
1,862 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Sh. Nitin Gadkari, Sh. Yudhvir Singh Malik, Sh. B.S. Singla, Sh. B B Mohapatra, Sh. Vaibhav Dange, Sh. M. Venkaiah Naidu, Secretary Minister of Urban Development, Sh. Arvind Kejriwal, Sh. Narendra Modi, Sh. Manohar Lal Khattar, Sh. S.S.Prasad, Sh. Manohar Lal Khattar, Prof. Kaptan Singh Solanki, Chief Secretary Haryana, Sh. Rao Inderjit Singh, Sh. Rao Inderjit Singh, Sh. Rao Inderjit Singh, Director Secretory, Gurgaon, Sh. Dhesi Depinder Singh, Sh. S.S.Prasad, I.A.S, Sh. Yashpal Yadav, Sh. Arun Kumar Gupta, Sh. Arun Kumar Gupta

Stop NH8 Traffic Jams and Slow Death by Air Pollution | Quickly complete Dwarka Expressway

After signing the Petition please forward this to all your friends, family and colleagues who are impacted with Traffic Jams and Pollution.  It was a jam that lasted so long and was so bad that it earned itself a unique name: Gurujam. The world knows about the Maha Traffic Jam of 20+ hours on NH8 ( Delhi Gurgaon Expressway ) dated 28-July-2016 6:00 PM onwards after heavy rainfall which lasted for a day bringing traffic to a standstill with the tailback extending up to 24 kilometers or more (source). This was not just one day, the daily bumper to bumper traffic is a perpetual problematic matter for lacs of daily commuters on Delhi Gurgaon Expressway NH8 which directly or indirectly impact our daily lives. Few major instances of NH8 Traffic Jams are listed below: o  20 Hours Traffic Jam on NH8 dated 28-July-2016 (source). o  Finance Minister Arun Jaitley stuck in NH8 Traffic Jam dated 7-March-2016 (source) o  7 Hours Traffic Jam on NH8 dated 7-Nov-2015 Spread over 20 Kms (source) o  5 Hours Traffic Jam on 8-Sept-2015 (source) o  4 Hours Traffic Jam on 21-Aug-2015 (source) o  4 Hours Traffic Jam on NH8 dated 22-May-2015 Spread over 20 Kms (source) o  Hours Traffic Jam on NH8 dated 5-Sept-2014 (source) o  2 Hours Traffic Jam on NH8 dated 28-Feb-2014 (source) o  Three Union ministers, including road transport and highways minister Nitin Gadkari stuck in Traffic Jam on NH-8 dated 25-July-2014 (source) The list of traffic Jams on NH8 is endless. The traffic carrying capacity of the road was breached before 2013 itself (source) What is the daily traffic jam costing you? In a traffic jam, a vehicle consumes almost 20% more fuel. Assuming that you are in a jam six times in a week, you spend Rs.108 more than you would otherwise. Rs. 60,0000 crore can be lost every year, including fuel wastage, due to traffic delays on high-volume highways. (source).  Civic agencies have failed to develop roads with futuristic planning which is now hurting the city as more than 10,000 new vehicles roll out on to the streets of Gurgaon every three months (source) Amid the planned robust expansion of Gurgaon and nearby industrial areas like Manesar and influx of expected heavy traffic due to increasing car penetration in Delhi NCR, Haryana Govt. announced the ambitious 150 M Wide x 8 Lane x 18 Km Long expressway project named as Dwarka Expressway or Northern Peripheral Road (NPR) in year 2007 to improve connectivity between Dwarka and Gurgaon (3rd Major Connecting road after NH8 and Mehrauli – Gurgaon Road). Both Delhi and Haryana Govt. signed off MOU in 2007, the initial Target set by the Govt. to complete Dwarka Expressway Govt. was before CWG’10 (Common Wealth Games) however till date the 18 KM road has not been completed to improve the connectivity and reduce traffic load on NH8. Key Objective of Dwarka Expressway were: 1. to off-load the Traffic from NH8 by 40% 2. to smoothen the airport connectivity with mega industrial area (Manesar) by reducing travel time/distance 3. to development of New Gurgaon Residential Sector to meet the housing demand of Millennium sector. Impact on End Users: More than 70,000 users from middle class and upper middle class category have purchased their dream homes in Dwarka Expressway. Some of them have already got the possession of their flats after the delay of 2 or more year and some are in process to get their dream homes in next 6 months to 1 year (source). Residents across the sectors of new Gurgaon area like 37, 81, 82,83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 99A, 100, 101, 102, 102A, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, 108, 109, 110, 110A, 111, 112, 113, 114, 115 etc. will have following huge impact due to further delay of Dwarka Expressway: o More and more traffic burden on NH8 will continue. Vehicle population has increased by more than 40% in last 5 years. o Increase in travel time/distance by more than 40% for office goers from Dwarka and nearby areas o Increase in Pollution, not just due to traffic issues, but due to increased use of diesel gensets for electricity, causing more deaths due to respiratory diseases in people in Delhi & Gurgaon o Infrastructure like Sector Roads, electricity supply from grid, water supply and sewage system will be incomplete for long term due to non-operational of Dwarka Expressway o  Increase in waste of government subsidy due to use of diesel generators for electricity owing to incomplete infrastructure o  Poor airport connectivity for residents of new sectors across Dwarka Expressway, causing more traffic jams o  Delay in planned public transportation like metro for new sectors across Dwarka Expressway as per Master Plan, causing more traffic jams o  Concern on expansion plan of Manesar Industrial Area In order to provide relief to lacs daily commuters of Delhi-Gurgaon-Manesar-Jaipur and 70,000 buyers who invested in Dwarka Expressway we request the Govt. facilitate below: 1. Time bound completion of Dwarka Expressway to distribute NH8 Traffic 2. Proper Connectivity of Dwarka Expressway to Delhi and NH8 3. Time bound removal of Kherki Dhaula Toll Plaza to reduce Traffic Jams 4. Or provide free Tags for residents of New Gurgaon Sectors across Kherki Dhaula Toll Plaza like Govt. has provided free tags to the people of 32 villages falling near Kherki Dhaula toll Plaza. 5. Time bound connectivity of Dwarka Expressway (NPR) to Southern Peripheral Road (SPR) 6. Time bound completion of all Master and Sector Roads of New Gurgaon. 7. Time bound completion of Electric Sub-Stations and Govt. Electricty supply for all new townships.8. Metro Connectivity from Dwarka to Gurgaon to Manesar as per plan. Requesting everyone impacted to support the cause to waken the Govt. and authorities to take immediate actions which impacts our daily lives. You may also voice out your concerns in the comment section below.

Prakhar Sahay
1,522 supporters