Even though PM Modi was awarded UN's highest environmental honour last year…

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...does his Government’s environmental track record prove it has worked towards protecting the environment?

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We look at the various steps taken by the Modi Government from 2014, for and against the environment:

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Some of the laws made for the benefit for the Environment:

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October 2014:

The Swachh Bharat Abhiyan was launched as India’s biggest cleanliness drive ever

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The campaign covers as many as 4041 towns and aims at cleaning streets, roads, and infrastructure

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April 2015:

National Air Quality Index was launched by the Modi Government

It was launched to monitor the quality of air in major urban centres across the country on a real-time basis

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India aims to reduce the emissions intensity of its GDP by 33-35% by 2030 from 2005 levels...

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… and achieve 40% of its cumulative electric power of around 350GW installed capacity from non-fossil fuel-based energy resources, mainly renewable power

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The Government amended the Bio-medical Waste Management Rules, 2016...

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...to improve compliance and to strengthen the implementation of environmentally sound management of biomedical waste

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The Government launched the National Clean Air Programme (NCAP)

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It is a time-bound national level strategy to tackle increasing air pollution

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But their were steps taken against the environment as well ranging from forests, wildlife, coasts, pollution and waste :

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The Union environment ministry lifted a ban on the expansion and setting up of factories in 8 critically polluted industrial belts

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The ban was imposed based on the performance of the clusters on a Comprehensive Environmental Pollution Index (CEPI) developed by the CPCB

September 2015:

The environment of coal-rich Singrauli region, a critically polluted industrial region, took a hard blow

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Small coal mines, owned mostly by India’s public sector undertaking, have been allowed to expand their capacity without any public hearing.

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The expert forest panel of the environment ministry cleared the Ken-Betwa project, India’s first river-linking project

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... ignoring environmental concerns, including the diversion of around 5,500 hectares from the famous Panna National Park

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October 2017:

The Union Ministry of Environment and forests no longer considers salt pans to be “wetlands’’,

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This move could open up these eco-sensitive tracts in Mumbai for development as builders have been eyeing the over 5,300 acres of salt pans for years

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The National Board for Wildlife is charged with allowing forest land in Protected Areas to be diverted for industry

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The Government cleared 682 of the 687 projects (99.82%) that came up under critical observation

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March 2019:

The Wildlife Institute of India (WII) has entered into a MOA with National Buildings Construction Corporation Ltd (NBCC) to construct a 50-km highway which cuts through the core of the Corbett Tiger reserve

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If opened as a highway, it will go right through one of India’s most protected elephant and tiger habitats

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What are the steps you want the next government to take to protect the Environment?

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