Webinar: Green or Gone? Development projects and their impact on the environment


An aerial view of the outskirts of Bangalore. Photo credit: Sandhya Bhat

The current state of urban biodiversity, environment and natural heritage in Bangalore is a matter of urgent concern. The impacts of ecological degradation are already being felt in the city – for example, monsoons are often accompanied by the grim news of many areas flooding. Many of these vulnerable sites are in large developments and housing projects that are built in valley areas and adjacent to lakes/rajakaluves (primary storm drains).

A prime market for the real estate sector, Bengaluru has seen an increase in built-up area which has replaced its green cover and wildlife habitats.

Map showing how built-up area replaced green cover in Bangalore over time
The built-up area quickly replaced the city’s green cover and wildlife habitats. Graphic courtesy: TV Ramachandra, Indian Institute of Science

Clearly, construction projects in the city are adding to pollution and exacerbating climate change. Consideration should therefore be given to whether the processes designed to mitigate these effects are working as intended.

Depending on the size of the project, a property developer is expected to submit an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Report or an Environmental Management Plan (EMP) for approval. A project with a built-up area of ​​20,000 m² or more must obtain environmental clearance (EC), as well as other clearances from BBMP, BWSSB, etc. EC to projects in Bangalore.


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Vidhi Legal and BIC in collaboration with Citizen Matters are hosting a webinar which attempts to bring out the framework of EIA processes in Bengaluru, how these processes work and why they have not been effective. (Citizen Matters had recently flagged the standard copy-and-paste of information into forms that developers submit as part of the EIA process.) And given that context, what impact will the Center’s proposed changes to the notification of EIE would they have?

EIA Webinar Poster

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Event details:

Event title: Green or gone? Development projects and their impact on the environment
Dated: February 11, 2022
Time: 6 p.m. (The webinar will be followed by a brief Q&A session open to participants.)
Register here: https://bit.ly/Green-or-Gone

Speakers:

  • Dr. KC Jayaramu: Former Chairman, National Environmental Impact Assessment Authority, Govt. from India
  • Ulka Kelkar: Climate Program Director, World Resources Institute India.
  • Mohan S Rao: environmental design and landscape architecture professional
  • Bhanu Sridharan: freelance journalist
  • Moderated by Meera K, co-founder of Citizen Matters

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