Hazards of Asbestos: All forms of Asbestos, including white alias Chrysotile, are highly hazardous. WHO position on asbestos is: All types of asbestos cause lung cancer, mesothelioma, cancer of the larynx and ovary, and asbestosis (fibrosis of the lungs). Exposure to asbestos occurs through inhalation of fibers in air in the working environment, ambient air in the vicinity of point sources such as factories handling asbestos, or indoor air in housing and buildings containing friable (crumbly) asbestos materials.
There are a lot of misconceptions about hydropower projects. They largely come from the statements of project proponents and government that hydropower is clean, green, renewable, cheap source of power. All this gives an impression that hydropower is environment and river friendly. This is a totally wrong impression.
The history of the Sardar Sarovar Dam is marked by vast corruption scandals, rampant human rights violations and deplorable environmental devastation. The role of the state and its institutions in the Narmada Valley is the best example in the country to prove that our law is utilitarian in its approach and paternalistic in its outlook. One cannot expect perfect justice, in an imperfect world. There is no doubt that in national interest, people can be required to resettle, but the question is deeper than what is visible to the naked eye.
June 5th is celebrated globally as World Environment Day, a day to remind everyone about the fragility of the environment caused by human agency, to sensitise people about the urgency of citizen action to counter environmental degradation and to get all of to rededicate ourselves to preserving nature and wildlife, protecting environment, safeguarding natural resources and persuade and push governments globally to halt environmentally destructive, polluting and hazardous industries, development projects and uncontrolled urbanization.
Justice (Retd.) D. Murugesan,
Member, National Human Rights Commission,
Manav Adhikar Bhawan,
Block-C, GPO Complex, INA,
New Delhi – 110023
Respected Justice (Retd.) H.L. Dattu,