5 June 2023
  • 10:46 pm پی ٹی آئی امریکی کانگریس سےپاکستان مخالف بیانات دلوانے کی منتیں کرنے لگی
  • 10:46 pm وزیراعلیٰ بلوچستان کا اقتصادی کونسل کے اجلاس شرکت نہ کرنے کا اعلان
  • 10:36 pm Court to not interfere in economic matters: CJP
  • 10:36 pm کوئٹہ کے نواحی علاقے ہزار گنجی میں فائرنگ، خاتون جاں بحق
  • 10:36 pm سعودی عرب کے اعلان کے بعد عالمی منڈی میں تیل کی قیمتوں میں اضافہ
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For decades, communities have opposed what passes for development at the cost of the environment. In January, for instance, villagers in Azamgarh, close to Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh, opposed plans to expand the town’s airport.

Since 2021, residents have been opposing the international Blue Flag certification for Goa’s Cavelossim beach that is granted to breaches that meet environmental and sustainability criteria. Critics say this certification overrides key environmental rules.

Close to Telangana’s capital Hyderabad, residents of a village have since January last year protested against the expansion of stone quarrying, citing health and pollution concerns.

In India, conflicts historically arise between communities that depend on the land for their livelihoods and the authorities responsible with their welfare, a dynamic made worse when corporations seek to alter the terrain for profit. This is particularly true when it comes to environmental and climate policies, as the consequences of decisions made in this domain could have profound effects on the well-being of the environment and the people it sustains.

The key stakeholders of any project have to be the citizens who will be affected – a fact that is often overlooked. They are often kept out of the conversation until it is too late, and the only recourse is community action or long-drawn-out judicial efforts.

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Abdul Gh Lone