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Bengaluru Peripheral Ring Road Project : Fresh Public Hearing For EIA Will Be Held, Karnataka High Court Told

first_imgNews UpdatesBengaluru Peripheral Ring Road Project : Fresh Public Hearing For EIA Will Be Held, Karnataka High Court Told Mustafa Plumber23 Feb 2021 8:58 AMShare This – xThe Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) on Tuesday assured the Karnataka High Court that a fresh Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) public hearing in physical form, will be conducted by it on development of proposed 8-lane peripheral ring road connecting, Tumakuru road to Hosur road (crossing Ballari road and old Madras road) by the Bengaluru Development Authority….Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) on Tuesday assured the Karnataka High Court that a fresh Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) public hearing in physical form, will be conducted by it on development of proposed 8-lane peripheral ring road connecting, Tumakuru road to Hosur road (crossing Ballari road and old Madras road) by the Bengaluru Development Authority. A division bench of Chief Justice Abhay Oka and Justice Sachin Shankar Magadum recorded the statement made by Advocate Gururaj Joshi appearing for the Pollution Control Board and accordingly disposed of a petition filed by three Law Students challenging the proposed virtual hearing which was to be held on September 23, 2020. Advocate Joshi informed the court that a fresh public hearing in physical form will be conducted by the PCB on development of eight lane peripheral ring road. He also stated that adequate publicity will be given to the date fixed for public hearing. The Public hearing will be conducted after following all the protocols which are required to be followed for dealing with covid-19. After noting the same in its order the bench observed “Perusal of prayers made in the petition show that objection of petitioners was to the conduct of physical hearing by virtual mode. In view of the statement made by the counsel for respondent 1, now it is not necessary to hear the grievance. By accepting the assurance given by respondent 1, regarding conduct of public hearing in physical form, we dispose of the petition.” The law students–P B Shashaankh and Pratik Kumar from Jindal Law School and Anushka Gupta from National Law University, Delhi, in their plea had stated that “As the project causes major environmental impacts to multiple rural and urban communities and the biodiversity of the region, holding the public consultation process virtually restricts multiple vulnerable communities, which do not have the technical means to attend the virtual hearing, from effectively raising their concerns about the project, leading to an abject fail of the ‘public consultation’ process.” Further, it was contended that “The Impugned Notification by way of mandating a virtual public consultation hearing ignores the social matrix of the people this notification affects and violates the constitutional rights of the multiple minority communities affected by the project and the people of the State of Karnataka.” The project was proposed in the year 2005, to build a 65-km eight-lane peripheral ring road in Bengaluru to decongest the city. To cater intercity connectivity and intercity traffic; to reduce pollution in the city; to reduce heavy vehicles traffic i.e., Lorry and Trucks; and to decongest the traffic on outer ring road. Previously, the authority had scheduled a public hearing on August 18, 2020. However, this move to hold the public hearing during the Covid crisis received massive public outcry and various environmental groups sought postponement of this hearing arguing that it was a violation of central and state government orders. Subsequently this hearing was cancelled. Following which a notification is issued on 31.08.2020 by the State pollution control board proposing to continue the environmental public hearing by conducting a webinar.   The petitioners had said that access to justice is a fundamental principle of rule of law. The impugned notification, which mandates the use of ‘Zoom mobile application’ for conducting the public consultation process is bad in law and should be struck down. In this regard it is said that “Public Consultation, which is a facet of the larger overarching principle of access to justice is a legal right intrinsic to Article 14,19 and 21 of the Constitution of India, and is a right that is vested upon all citizens of India.” Moreover, Article 14 of the Constitution of India allows for discrimination between classes of people only if there is a rational nexus between the classification and its objective. The impugned notification discriminates between persons with and without access to the Internet. Highlighting the purpose of a public consultation process the plea says “The purpose is to take into consideration the opinions and suggestions of diverse stakeholders, and not allowing the class of persons without access to the Internet in the public consultation process defeats the very purpose this provision seeks to achieve, and hence this classification is violative of Article 14.” It was also stated in the petition that Clause 3(1) of EIA Notification, 2006 states that “Public Consultation refers to the process by which the concerns of local affected persons and others who have plausible stake in the environmental impacts of the project or activity are ascertained with a view to taking into account all the material concerns in the project or activity design as appropriate”. Keeping the public consultation process online goes against this clause of the parent EIA Notification, and hence the impugned notification is bad in law.   Next Storylast_img read more

Video: German F 125 frigate tests RAM, Harpoon missiles

first_img The German Navy recently shared a video of its giant 7,000-ton frigate FGS Baden-Württemberg conducting further firing tests.This is the second video of the lead ship of a new class of F 125 frigates firing its weapons in the North Sea’s Helgoland shooting range.The previous one showed the Baden-Württemberg testing its guns and close-in weapon systems.This time, we are treated to the frigate’s RAM and Harpoon missile firings. The RAM (short for Rolling Airframe Missile) is guided missile weapon system used for ship self-defense. The Harpoon is an over-the-horizon, anti-ship missile system.Firings of the RAM start at 2:00 while fast forwarding to 3:50 of the video will bring you to a cool slow motion of the Harpoon missile launch. The frigate’s crew launched a total of four RAM and one Harpoon missile during this test.With this test, the Baden-Württemberg certified her weapon systems and is now set for further functional tests before being officially transferred to the German Navy this summer.F 125 frigates are a new class of ships set to replace the eight Bremen-Class frigates currently in service with the German Navy.The four frigates are comparable to destroyers in size and are, with a length of 149 meters and a displacement of 7000 tonnes, the biggest operational ships in the German Navy.According to the German Navy, the new frigates require only half the crew necessary to operate the Bremen-Class frigates. They will be able to stay at sea for up to 24 months and thereby reduce the transit times for the crews. The crews will swap in regular intervals directly in the areas of operations which means that the ships will have to make fewer port visits. April 21, 2017 View post tag: FGS Baden-Württemberg Video: German F 125 frigate tests RAM, Harpoon missiles Back to overview,Home naval-today Video: German F 125 frigate tests RAM, Harpoon missiles View post tag: F 125 View post tag: RAM View post tag: HARPOON View post tag: German Navy Share this article Authoritieslast_img read more

LA Clippers’ rebounding being put to the test

first_imgPLAYA VISTA >> The first month of the NBA schedule isn’t particularly kind to the Clippers. They play four sets of back-to-backs. They travel to Portland, to Memphis, to San Antonio, to Oklahoma City, to Minnesota, to Sacramento, to Dallas, to Detroit, to Indiana and to Brooklyn. The schedule allows for less than a handful of practices.But, in a calendar packed with 19 games in 34 days, coach Doc Rivers might actually have gotten a little lucky. The NBA’s schedule-makers gave him the perfect chance to reinforce the thing the Clippers have spoken about since their very first team meeting in training camp.The Clippers better rebound. If they don’t, their opponents absolutely will.Their first four opponents — Portland, Utah, who they play Sunday, Phoenix and Oklahoma City — all finished in the top seven in offensive rebounding percentage last season. The Clippers were the third-worst defensive rebounding team a year ago. Last year, the Clippers grabbed 15 or more offensive rebounds only four times. “That is not a focus,” Rivers said. “I want to be a better offensive rebounding team, don’t get me wrong. I’d rather not give up points the other way. That statistically is a fact. We know that to be true. “… If they’re under the basket, we want you to go after it. But if you don’t get it, you got to get back.”Bench steps upThe Clippers’ second unit continued to receive praise for its performance in the win at Portland. “I think our second unit really played well defensively the other night,” Jordan said. “They’re guarding Chris Paul, J.J. Redick and Blake Griffin every day, so it’s definitely going to be a challenge. But I think they did a great job defensively finishing off possessions and limiting those guys to one shot the other night.”Jamal Crawford said the bench played “agenda-free” basketball after his team won in Portland, and Saturday before practice, he continued to speak highly of their play. “Guys who understand their role I think is really, really key for us, because everybody has the right attitude and the right mindset,” Crawford said. “I feel like we’re one of the better second units in the league, even though we haven’t been together that long. If we can just keep getting better and better and keep getting more defined in our roles, I think we’ll be great.”Quick hitsBrice Johnson (back) and Paul Pierce (ankle) are both listed as “Out” on the Clippers’ injury report. … Alan Anderson (ankle) was healthy enough to play Thursday in Portland, but he, along with Brandon Bass and rookie Diamond Stone, didn’t see action. Thursday, they passed the first test, keeping Portland from winning the rebounding battles (the teams tied). But, Rivers said, they should’ve been better. “The ones that we can get, we have to get. I think we had six of them — we do our own count — that we should have got that we didn’t in the Portland game. That’s a lot actually,” Rivers said. “…Those are the ones we still have to get. And we watch film on rebounding now and that’s important.”The Clippers don’t need to see Utah on tape to know what’s in store for them Sunday afternoon in their home opener at Staples Center. They just need to look across the court at 7-foot-1 Rudy Gobert.“I mean, they got damn near one of the tallest guys in the league in Rudy, and he crashes the glass hard,” DeAndre Jordan said. “Now that (Derrick) Favors is back, he’s going to do the same thing…Whenever we can force those guys to one shot, don’t let them get a second one.”The Clippers have even discussed offensive rebounding, never part of Rivers’ coaching foundation. And while, he said it’s still not a priority, his team still managed to grab 15 offensive rebounds in its season-opening win at Portland. center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more