The letter comes ahead of the January 31, 2019 deadline set by the National Green Tribunal for MoEF to submit its opinion on whether environmental clearance (EC) with respect to Inland Waterways is required or not. The letter spells out specific reasons as to why such an EC is essential.
The announcement was made by Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan, who stated that the specilised centre, equipped with all required weather forecasting tools, would come up at the Meteorological Centre in Thiruvananthapuram.
"The Indian government has pledged to eradicate single- use plastic by 2022. The proof of the pudding is in the eating, we need to wait and how well the government is implementing it," Greenpeace India said.
In February, Union Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan had said that his ministry hopes to bring down air pollution in around 100 non-attainment cities by 50 per cent in the next five years under the NCAP.
On Friday, head of UN Environment Erik Solhein tweeted: “Very saddened and deeply concerned by loss of life in Tamil Nadu. Anti pollution protestors must not pay with their lives. Violence and pollution must stop.”