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Is India Trying to Subdue Kashmir Through Religious Tourism? 
July 17, 2018
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“Aswachh Bharat” marks Amarnath yatra 
July 15, 2018

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June 04, 2018
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April 10, 2018

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January 29, 2018
Notwithstanding the National Green Tribunal directions, Governor N N Vohra recently decided that a 60-day-long..
 
West Bengal
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Identified as a World Heritage Site, the Sundarban Biosphere Reserve presents a complex scenario of human habitation impacts, conservation issues, livelihood issues, and conflicts between people and the government particularly on evictions. In 2002 we made a visit to the region to understand firsthand the ground realities of the 700 crore mega tourism project that was given the go-ahead by the Government of West Bengal. In 2004-05, we launched  a campaign along with many other groups in West Bengal against Sahara’s tourism project in Sundarban.  The Sahara tourism project in the order of US$155 million (700 crores) was planned over 303.5 hectares of land on a number of islands. Traditional fishermen in the region had been denied access to traditional fishing grounds and many were evicted under the order of the Supreme Court and by developmental activities of the government. Community’s traditional fishing areas were proposed to be restricted for tourism purposes. Environmental laws like the provisions of EIA notification (1994) were also violated in which restricted public access to information. The campaign centred on adverse ecological impacts of the proposed project and livelihood concerns of the local communities, and demanded the scrapping of this preposterous project. The project was shelved by the Government citing environmental reasons in 2006.


More recently, in 2009, we learnt of the Government of West Bengal inviting the World Bank to conduct a tourism assessment on the Sundarban National Park. This is an integral part of a series of studies the WB Government has requested from the World Bank, which will be assembled and supported through a non-lending technical assistance (NLTA) program. The studies will be undertaken in a variety of areas related to climate change adaptation, environmental management, biodiversity conservation and socio-economic development. We have informed local NGO partners of this development and are keeping track of how this new initiative unfolds. As expected news of this is not in the public domain and the communities of Sundarban may yet again be subject to a tourism project or plans that are not in their interest or in their control. Watch this space!
  
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