ESG along with Parisara Samrakshana Kendra, Sirsi, ran a campaign to stop a dam proposed across the Kali River by the Murdeshwar Power Corporation Ltd. (MPCL). ESG exposed Ernst and Young, the international consulting firm, for plagiarising a Rapid Environment Impact Assessment (REIA) of Tattihalla Augmentation Scheme in preparing the REIA of the Dandeli dam in an attempt to secure clearances.
In what was termed as the worst ever scam in the environmental decision making history of India, Indian Express provided front page main coverage to the issue in all their country-wide editions on 27 August 2000, leading to a series of further stories across the world. Forced by such circumstances, the Karnataka Government ordered a fresh EIA for the project.
Despite all the controversy, Tata Energy Research Institute (TERI) which was commissioned to conduct this study, produced a new EIA within a month. On review this was found to be based on fraudulent data. In a Public Hearing held on the basis of this report on 3rd January 2001, the deposition made by ESG was considered substantive evidence against the TERI report, and the same was requested to be filed on affidavit by the Deputy Commissioner of Uttara Kannada District. This file can be accessed along with selections from the plagiarised Ernst and Young report.
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The affidavit filed by ESG on request of the Deputy Commissioner of Uttara Kannada District, Karnataka provides a comprehensive examination of the fraud committed by Ernst & Young (EY) and the Tata Energy Research Institute (TERI) in an attempt to secure clearances for the Dandeli Mini-Hydel Scheme proposed by MPCL. (42KB)
Scanned images of several pages of the EIA for Tattahalli Augmentation scheme and the Ernst & Young Rapid EIA for the Dandeli Mini-Hydel Scheme clearly illustrate the extent of the plagiarism committed by EY. Furthermore, an analysis of TERI's EIA provided by ecologist Dr. Ranjit Daniel is a startling testament to the low quality and shoddy work of the respected Institute in compiling an EIA for this project.
|Dandeli Mini Hydel Scheme Rapid EIA1||Tattahalli Augmentation Scheme EIA2|
|Cover of DMH report||Cover of TAS report|
|Contents - 1, 2|
|Flora and Fauna in DMH report||Flora and Fauna in TAS report|
|DMH Aquatic Riverline Flora||TAS Aquatic Riverline Flora|
|DMH Dry Deciduous Plants||TAS Dry Deciduous Plants|
|Plants of DMH||Upstream Plants of TAS|
|DMH Plant List continued||TAS Plant List continued|
|DMH Fauna - Aves||TAS Fauna - Aves|
|DMH Faunal Survey||TAS Faunal Survey|
|DMH Aquatic Life||TAS Aquatic Life|
|DMH Sampling Station continued|
|DMH Water Analysis Table||TAS Water Quality|
|Soil Analysis - DMH||Soil - TAS|
|DMH Catchment Area Treatment||TAS Catchment Area Treatment|
|DMH Concept and Approach||TAS Concept and Approach|
|DMH Tech Background||TAS Tech Background|
|DMH Specific Objective continued|
|DMH Socio-economic & cultural impact||TAS Socio-economic & cultural impact|
|DMH Population and Literacy||TAS Population and Literacy|
|DMH Rehabilitation and Resettlement||TAS Rehabilitation and Resettlement - 1, 2|
|Prediction of Impact|
|Environmental Management Plan - 1, 2|
|DMH Field Findings - 1, 2||TAS Field Findings - 1, 2, 3|
|DMH Action Plan||TAS Action Plan|
Appeal to the Chief Minister of Karnataka:
We are enclosing a sample letter addressed to the Chief Minister of Karnataka, Mr. S.M.Krishna. We encourage you to endorse this letter by mailing the Chief Minister (and/or emailing the Chief Minister and marking a copy to the Union Minister for Environment and Forests, Mr. T.R.Baalu, and to ESG). Do encourage your friends and associates to sign and send many more letters.
There are many expenses we incur in organizing these efforts. We rely on your donations to cover part of the cost of this effort. Please do donate generously. All financial contributions (Cheque/DD/MO/Cash) should be in favour of Environment Support Group, and should be send to Environment Support. All monetary contributions benefit from income tax exemptions under Sec 80G of the Income Tax Act.
Your voice in support of the Kali Bachao Andolan will go a long way in supporting the cause of this river.
Environment Support Group,
105, East End 'B' Main Road
Jayanagar 9th Block East
Bangalore - 560069, INDIA
Parisara Samrakshana Kendra,
Hulemalgi Building, Chowkimath,
Sirsi (Uttara Kannada Dt.)
Tel: 91-8384 425139/425039
Fax: 91-4435450/ 427839
Chief Minister of Karnataka,
Bangalore 560001 INDIA
An appeal to save Kali River for posterity
Honourable Chief Minister,
We appeal to you to address the concerns raised by the Kali Bachao Andolan (KBA) formed by several local community organizations and tribal villages to highlight severe threats to the Kali River and protect it for posterity. We appeal that you should take the initiative in ensuring that the Kali is saved for posterity. Please ensure that:
We support the aspirations of the people of Uttara Kannada who want the Kali flowing and alive with life. Not dammed, polluted and dead.
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