ONE LAST CHANCE TO SAVE EIA FROM DILUTING.

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Welcome back to the blog. We are here with yet another blog on again an interesting and alarming topic. This topic is related to Climate Change and problems related to it. EIA (Environment Impact Assessment) is a process of evaluating the likely environmental impacts of proposed projects or development, taking into account. As you might be knowing that’s government is trying to dilute EIA by proposing Draft 2020 notification. If you want to understand EIA DRAFT 2020 in detail please click on the link to the previous blog. Let me help you by giving example of projects where nature will be hampered if EIA 2020 is implemented. These are major projects which will not only affect the ecosystem of the Nature but also disturb the living environment of the native communities, endangered species getting extinct and sites which are earthquake prone zone.

How govt. is trying to dilute EIA DRAFT 2020??

what should our response as a citizen??

How to strengthen EIA DRAFT 2020??

Why should you care??

As of June 4, 2020, India secured 168 rank in the 12th edition of the Environment Performance Index (EPI Index 2020) – that measured the environmental performance of 180 countries – and was released by Yale University. India’s rank was 177 in 2018.

1. Dibang Valley, Arunachal Pradesh.

Etalin, Dibang Valley, Arunachal Pradesh a hydropower project has been proposed which will be producing power of 3097 MW. Similar projects proposed are Anonpani (22MW), Kamala (1800MW), Attunli (680MW). 

In the Dibang valley, in Arunachal Pradesh, the Indian government has been planning to set up the Etalin Hydropower Project over two rivers, the Dri and the Tangon, situated inside the Dibang catchment zone.

The controversy around the project has many aspects. One is environmental: close to 3 lakh trees are expected to be felled to make way for the dam, and the project site is home to several species of wildlife. But while these concerns have drawn the most attention thus far, the dam is also bound to be controversial for its impact on the identity and rights of indigenous tribes in the area, for challenges from an engineering point of view and for its untenable position from a techno-legal point of view.

COURTESY: UNITED CONSERVATION MOVEMENT

Dibang Valley is home to a genetically distinct population of tigers, over 75 species of other mammals, and 300+ species of birds, including many endangered ones. The valley is part of the eastern Himalayan Global Biodiversity Hotspot, which is one of only 36 such hotspots in the world. In addition to tigers, the greater region of Dibang Valley harbours mammals including the clouded leopard, Asiatic golden cat, Asiatic wild dog, red panda, Mishmi takin, red goral and Gongshan Muntjac.

The Idu Mishmi is an animist tribe in the Dibang valley. The Etalin project and the Dibang Multipurpose Dam (DMD), set to be built on the Dibang river, will directly affect their living areas and imperil their existence. The DMD will divert 5,349 ha of land and affect 2,000 Idu Mishmi individuals. Etalin will divert 1,150.08 ha of land designated ‘unclassified state forest’ (UCF) and affect 285 families in 18 villages.

COURTESY: UNITED CONSERVATION MOVEMENT

The Etalin project proposes the construction of two dams, 101.5 metres and 80 metres high on the Dri and the Tangon rivers, respectively. According to the project’s report, their reservoirs will submerge 83.32 ha and 36.12 ha of land, respectively. Several studies have shown that large reservoirs develop reservoir-induced seismicity, increasing the frequency of earthquakes in areas that already experience high seismic activity. Such quakes have been observed especially with dams over 100 metres high.

The Dibang valley falls in one of the India’s most active seismic zones, and has experienced at least 34 earthquakes in the last century, including one of magnitude 8.6 in 1950. In these conditions, high dams with large reservoir are ripe for disaster.

30th June 2020, todays the last day for sending your responses. One mail, one share, one initiative can make a difference. If you have 1% interest in saving the Environment, then please click on the link below and make a difference.

Send in your response at: https://unitedconservationmovement.org/eia2020-draft-response/

Responses for EIA 2020 draft for citizens in PDF & Word format.


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SUNITA KOHLI: SPACES, ART AND LEGACY |Best Women Architects | Ar. Mohsin Sheikh

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Welcome back to the blog. We are here with yet another blog on again an interesting topic. Some weeks back we wrote a blog on 10 best women architects in India. If you haven’t read that blog you are missing out on something exciting. This is the extension for the same starting with Padma Shri Sunita Kohli. Yes, you heard it right she has received the Fourth Highest Civilian Award, is an excellent restorer and a Diverse Author. We’ll be taking a tour through Sunita’s life.

Sunita Kohli
Sunita Kohli

Growing up in the post-independence Lucknow, in a noted Victorian building of Lakshmi Mansions, little did Sunita Kohli know, that her visits to numerous auctions and sales with her father, her interest in classical music, and much later her antiquarian business of Davenport desks and Regency wine tables would collectively lead her to becoming one of the most celebrated interior designers and architectural restorers of the country, for which, she has been honoured with the Padma Shri in 1992. She achieved this despite being an autodidact and without any formal training in design. Interestingly, she learnt restoration from the local craftsmen.

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It all began with her establishing ‘Sunita Kohli & Co.’ (furniture manufacturing cell) and ‘Sunita Kohli Interior Designs Pvt. Ltd’ (Interior designing cell), in New Delhi in 1971 and 1972 respectively. These both now come under the larger multidisciplinary umbrella of K2 India, along with ‘Kohelika Kohli Architects’ (Architecture and Project Management cell), established in 2004.

Besides restoration and furniture design works, in 1970’s, she also began working on hotels when she established in partnership, another design firm which was commissioned to design a small hotel for the Oberoi Group, near the Khajuraho temples, The Oberoi in Bhubaneshwar and the Hotel Babylon in Baghdad. This firm closed but other hotel design projects followed in Cairo, Aswan and El-Arish in Egypt- The Oberoi Marriott Mena House Hotel and Casino, two luxury hotel cruise boats on the Nile for the Oberoi Group.

The Oberoi Aswan in Upper Egypt and The Oberoi in El-Arish.She has helped preserve national treasures in forms of numerous heritage buildings, forts and palaces in India, Pakistan, Bhutan and Sri Lanka. The most prominent ones being the Rashtrapati Bhavan (1985-89), the Parliament Building, the Prime Minister’s Office and Secretariat as well as the official residence of the Prime Minister – Sir Edwin Lutyens, Sir Herbert Baker and Sir Robert Tor Russell’s foremost architectural legacies from the British Raj in the capital city of Delhi.

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Her innate attention to detail and efforts are evident owing to the fact, that before setting out on this mammoth task, she made several private trips to London to study Lutyens’ original drawings, which are archived at the Royal Institute of British Architects. In the reupholstering of the furniture, she used khadi – the homespun, handwoven fabric, symbolising the freedom struggle and national pride. She was also involved in the second restoration of the Rashtrapati Bhavan, in 2010, with Charles Correa.

In 1988, she designed the National Assembly Building of Bhutan, in Thimpu, on which K2 India worked again in 2010 for the SAARC summit. The building is an amalgamation of delicate geometry and motifs of the traditional Bhutanese architecture, housing various spaces and volumes.


K2India is driven by the pursuit of excellence and quality. They strongly believe that one’s surroundings directly influence the quality of one’s lives – whether in the work place, at home or the public spaces in between. Their approach is rooted in a firm belief that design is fundamental to improving the quality of life, and with an integrated and unified approach, it can become a total functional and living WORK OF ART.


This philosophy is well evident in their interior design projects and product designs, which are combinations of aesthetics and functionality that yield warmth and comfort. They have designed for several private residences in plush neighbourhoods of Delhi, examples being, the German ambassador’s residence, The Aravali House, Gauri Apartments, The Terrace apartment, Delhi etc. Commercial projects include Underdogs Sports bar and Grill, Warehouse Lounge, Flagship office of Indian Express, Gyms in Mumbai and Delhi etc.


Apart from being a highly accomplished professional, Sunita Kohli has regularly lectured at universities of institutions of high merit globally, including Harvard Kennedy School and at Emory University, Atlanta. She also has books on diverse topics (such as cooking, architecture, interior design etc) to her credit and has regularly presented papers in leading museums and universities across the world on ‘Sir Edwin Lutyens and the Planning of New Delhi’; on Design, Architecture and Historical Conservation; on Literature; on ‘Traditional Mughal Jewellery as a Statement of Empire’; on ‘Social Entrepreneurship’; and on ‘World Heritage Cultural Sites in India and the Subcontinent’.


She is also associated with several NGO’s and foundations which work for women and children welfare. Ms Kohli is a Founder Trustee of ‘Satyagyan’, (an affiliate of ‘World Literacy of Canada’), an organizationthat works in over 400 slum communities in Varanasi and its environs with children’s education and women’sempowerment through literacy and Vocational training.


She is also the Chairperson of the Governing Council of ‘SAVE-A-MOTHER’, a leadingNGO which is dedicated to decreasing maternal and infant mortality rates in India in 1200 districts in India. She was the first Indian architect invited to give a seminal lecture on India at the National Building Museum in Washington DC. As we mentioned earlier, she’s a diverse Author, here is one of her books which shows the versatility it’s a cooking genre of book.
THE LUCKNOW COOKBOOK


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