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Indian government agency falsely claims no ecologically sensitive area exists within 10 km of a proposed sand mine

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Private agencies are often accused of cutting corners when it comes to taking environment-protection measures while seeking environmental clearance for various projects, however, what if a government agency resorts to the same? 

Express has found that the Telangana State Mineral Development Corporation (TSMDC), in its Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) report for a proposed sand mine on Godavari river in Eturnagaram of Mulugu district, has claimed no sanctuary or ecologically sensitive area exists within 10 km of the site.

What makes this even more surprising is, in the ‘Form-2’ application filled by TSMDC for seeking environmental clearance, the agency mentions that the mining site is located just 1 km away from the wildlife corridor of Eturnagaram Wildlife Sanctuary and 2.2 km away from its Eco Sensitive Zone. 

The full article was published by New Indian Express on March 8, 2021.