Source: The Hitavada      Date: 19 Jun 2018 10:41:05

THE residents of Palghar in Maharashtra are right in their insistence on their demands being fulfilled first before they hand over their land for the ambitious bullet train project. Their resistance to part with the their land is not without reason. It has been common experience of people all over the country that while Government shows unusual promptness in acquiring private land, it shies away from its primary responsibility of fulfilling its commitments to the land owners.

There are innumerable instances where project oustees have been fighting for years and even decades for their financial dues in lieu of the land they had lost and many other commitments made by the Government at the time of acquisition of land. Agitations and litigation have been the order in such cases. Narmada, Gosikhurd projects oustees, for example, are relentlessly fighting for their cause for years. Demands of Palghar residents are quite reasonable and should be met forthwith before authority of bullet train project embarks on their work and meet the end of justice.



IF YOU crave to seek what is the height of commercialisation, hop on to any expedition to the Mount Everest and figure it out, in literal sense. The highest mountain has become the highest garbage dumping ground, thanks to the easy access made available by the ‘Everest Industry’ that is exploiting every possible opportunity to have its dig out of the iconic peak. Rich  newbies, ever-ready to shell out money for a trek on the Himalayan peaks, are leaving a dirty trail of trash on the Everest as apathetic regulators are turning a blind eye towards this problem.

According to the Sagarmatha Pollution Control Committee, last year climbers in Nepal brought down trash from Everest that was equivalent to almost three double-decker buses. The problem is only going to increase as Everest expeditions are going on unabated due to lack of rationing. The peaks are full of discarded climbing equipment and even human excreta -- pointing to the grave apathy man has for natural heritage. Strict guidelines and check on expeditions every year is the only solution to stop the mess before it ruins the Mount Everest.