The Environment Cost of Leaders

Statues of two leaders- one in Maharashtra and another in Gujarat have been under the radar, regarding the environmental impacts is causing and the procedures followed for obtaining clearances.

For the Shivaji Statue in Maharashtra, there was waiving of the public hearing, ‘in view of larger public interest’. There is a case pending at the National Green Tribunal regarding the Statue of Unity of Gujarat and the need for green clearances.

A well placed green clearance process is not only imperative for the people and the environment but also for the government. These two projects may set a precedence for other development projects to bulldoze their way through green checks in the future. An exemption from Public Hearing is a lost chance to gain public trust and build people’s involvement.

Aren’t both these men bigger than the statues we plan to build of them, anyway?

To read more about this issue- http://www.indiawaterportal.org/articles/shivaji-and-sardar-vallabhai-patel-bigger-their-proposed-statues

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