Kerala sets up Rs 300-cr Coastal Shipping Promotion Fund
The State government has created a Coastal Shipping Promotion Fund in line with its professed aim to promote coastal shipping as a thrust area.The corpus of the fund is Rs 300 crore, according to K. Babu, Minister for Ports and Fisheries.
Decision on green nod for Vizhinjam in two weeks
A crucial decision on environmental clearance for Vizhinjam International Seaport and Container Transhipment Terminal is expected within two weeks. This became clear after an Expert Appraisal Committee of the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests wound up a third hearing in New Delhi on Saturday.
Fishing is considered a high risk profession. With a large number of marine fishermen who have moved beyond near-shore fishing, the need to be able to communicate to the shore as well as with each other while at sea is very important.
19 killed as Odisha flood situation remains grim
The flood situation in Odisha continued to remain grim on Sunday, mainly in worst-hit Ganjam district, as the death toll rose to 19. “All the deaths were due to wall collapse and drowning,” Special Relief Commissioner P.K. Mohapatra said.
Named Phailin (Thai meaning sapphire) on October 9th, what started off as a tropical depression on October 4th in the Gulf of Thailand, moved steadily west, passing over the Malay peninsula, over the Andaman Sea and into the Bay of Bengal. Eventually, it became a very severe cyclonic storm on October 10, with 1-minute sustained wind speeds of 260 km/h at peak intensity. With IMD and the other weather watchdogs worldwide keeping watch and proving updates, it soon became clear that the cyclone was headed for the Odisha coast. Alerts were sounded. It was likely to be worse than the 1999 Supercyclone. But we were forearmed – models predicted the likely landfall location and the time of landfall as well apart from warning about the places that were most likely to be affected. The IMD site was regularly updated. The actual track followed the predicted track. Almost a million people were moved to safe shelters before the cyclone hit the coastline on 12th of October.
Rs 3.80 crore for Beypore port, Rs 1 crore for Vizhinjam
Fisheries and Port Minister K Babu said that administrative sanction has been given for Rs 1 crore for overall development of Vizhinjam port and Rs 3.80 crore for Beypore Port has been given.
Appraisal panel begins study on project report for Vizhinjam Seaport
The appraisal panel has begun examining the EIA report of Vizhinjam port project which was submitted by Vizhinjam port authorities last week. The panel has scheduled next hearing on October 21. According to port officials, EAC members sought more time due to the voluminous nature of the comprehensive EIA report which runs into 4,000 pages.
Foundation laid for Rs 78.50 cr fishing harbour at Poompuhar
One evening, I found a large package waiting on top of my mailbox as it would not fit in. I opened it and found a copy of “First Food – A Taste of India’s Biodiversity”, a surprise gift from a friend who shares a curiosity about traditional foods. Intrigued, I turned the pages of this large format book packed with glossy photos and I could not put it down till I had skimmed through the book. Skimmed because it is not really possible to absorb the extent of information that has been presented. And that is only a small fraction of what information is actually available.
India Playing Risky Games at Nuclear Parks
Bhagwat Singh Gohil frets for the future of his bountiful orchards in Mithi Virdi village in western Gujarat state’s coastal district Bhavnagar. “After contending with droughts, rough seas and earthquakes we are staring at the possibility of a man-made disaster in the shape of a nuclear power park.”
Years ago, I heard a lecture on the Laws of Ecology by Barry Commoner. When I opened Prof Mayerfeld Bell’s book on environmental sociology, this line leapt out, “Everything we do has environmental implications, as responsible citizens recognize today". However, it is not enough for citizens alone to recognize this – it has to be recognized at the policy level too. The biggest problem is probably the strong dividing line between sociology and natural sciences (and engineering sciences too) and the complaints about hiding behind jargon which must be overcome if we are to succeed in our plans for sustainable development.