Ever since the lockdown was announced in March 2020 in the wake of Covid-19 pandemic, there have been media reports of several accidents of vehicles transporting migrant workers across the country. With roads being relatively free during the lock down, people tend to drive fast, and post lock down, we can expect a definite surge in accidents as many people will be on the roads and will tend to drive fast. Vulnerable road users may be the worst affected. This letter urges the government to release a road safety protocol (letter includes suggestions for road safety protocol), to be followed by road users, and strictly implemented.
The Draft Environmental Impact Assessment Notification 2020, was uploaded in the MoEFCC Website on March 12, 2020, with a view to receive public comments within 60 days. In this letter CAG requests the MoEFCC to withdraw the draft from public domain in light of the country-wide lockdown to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus Covid 19. The draft can be put out again for public comments once normalcy resumes, and when all stakeholders can afford the required time, access and resources to respond effectively to this Notification.
The file contains the letter to Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption and Chief Secretary (GoTN) about irregularities and suspected “match-fixing” in appointment of Member Secretary, Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board. The letter requests apex bodies to strike down this notification, and issue a fresh notification excluding the problematic criteria.
TANGEDCO has requested the Power Finance Corporation and Rural Electrification Corporation, for funding thermal power projects of a combined capacity up to 5,300 MW, and hydro power projects to the tune of 500 MW. To fund these projects, both funding organisations have asked for guarantees from Government of Tamil Nadu. CAG has written to the Finance Secretary requesting that the guarantee not be extended.
Letter to NGT requesting inclusion of Chennai in National Clean Air Programme non-attainment cities. Chennai is the only major polluted city and one of the 12 cities with a population of more than a million to be left out of the non-attainment cities list. Not being on this list leaves Chennai out of the national discourse on air pollution and its mitigation.
Document two is the response from CPCB Office.
The draft National Resource Efficiency Policy was published by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change in July 2019 with the aim to promote sustainable and efficient use of our natural resources. However, the Policy and the Action Plan it envisages for its implementation, raise several questions on its intent and efficacy to adequately address the issue. The document is a list of comments and proposed changes to the Draft National Resource Efficiency Policy so as to incorporate a critical pathway to address resource exploitation- of reducing consumption to sustainable levels.
This is the letter to the Expert Appraisal Committee - Thermal Power recommending a site visit to the Ennore Thermal Power Station - Expansion Project, about possible violations of its directive to TANGEDCO to refrain from any construction work after the expiry of Environmental Clearance for the project.