Tuesday, March 24, 2009

TATA Nano vs. The Turtles

Gahirmathas seas are one of the worlds largest breeding areas for the Olive Ridley Turtle. The Dhamra port could signal the end of this habitat forever.
Tata can save the turtles


  1. =)))))))
    Can't wait to see nano at rallies with turtles and snails

  2. Anonymous11:20 am

    The world’s most inexpensive car by Tata applications available to all including those who are creating these videos.

  3. Its a shame that Greenpeace is mocking a product,which lakhs of middle class Indians want to buy like this.

    The Car has nothing to do with dhamra port and the issue.

  4. Anonymous9:07 am

    The people of Orissa will have to pay the real price if this project stops. Is Greenpeace willing to take care of the employment of all the people in Orissa and help with infrastructure.

  5. Hey Nag, it’s nice to know that you know what you are talking about and have done your homework. But you seem to talk again and again and again on the same issues ... that too after all the explanations have been made and all doubts been clarified.
    Now for a change may be you all should go through this site (http://www.eco-dhamra.com/) for further clarifications.
    And NO I’m not an employee of TATA ... BUT am an Oriya... meaning I and my entire clan has been there for generations... so I KNOW what you are JUST talking about…
    Maybe you should also check out this site (http://www.aamaraodisha.com/)... To know the TRUE picture of all the happenings...

  6. Anonymous8:38 am

    TATA are just being easy targets due to the introduction of Nano.

  7. Anonymous9:11 am

    Why is it that whoever is supporting TATAs gets to be labelled as an employee or PR of TATA. Why cant one just support what n whoever they want without being subjected to such criticism.

  8. I have no idea who is labelling you an employee or PR of TATA. I certainly haven't done so. I'm merely posting comments from people, even those who don't have the courtesy to identify themselves.

  9. Anonymous8:09 am

    A respected corporate, Tata, has left no stone unturned in its attempt to verify the safety of this project on the marine environment in and around the Dhamra port. The Dhamra Port Company Limited (DPCL) has obtained the environment clearance required from the responsible authorities, the Ministry Of Surface Transport and even the National Environment Appellate Authority (NEAA) has endorsed the environment clearances.

  10. Anonymous8:11 am

    Greenpeace’s stand is very dramatic and malicious and takes the focus away from long-term conservation strategies which would be more helpful in preserving the species.

  11. Nikhil2:09 am

    Can't we have both economic development as well as environment.

    Tata being a giant organization has been serving our country India for a long time and am sure they will adopt necessary environmental measure for conservation of these endangered species as well.

    Dhamra Port project will provide better livelihood opportunity, education, transportation and many other amenities, which will improve the living standard of local people as well as boost the Orissa economy.

  12. Ramesh4:41 am

    Recently read a news articles about arribada turtles nesting at Gahirmatha Beach, Orissa.

    Not a nano turtle issue

  13. Anonymous8:40 am

    Hey Check out this funny video


  14. Naresh3:30 am

    According to Greenpeace, Dhamra port project will directly affect the Olive Ridley turtles, their mating, nesting etc. however found this video worth sharing.

    Greenpeace Lie - Olive Ridley Nesting Video at Gahirmatha Beach

    Even after huge Greenpeace propaganda, turtles came back for nesting at Gahirmatha beach, which is located near Dhamra port project.

    Like to share few more stories:

    -- > Olive Ridley Turtles Begin Early Nesting in Orissa
    -- > Olive Ridley turtles hatchlings emerge from sandy pits

    I think Greenpeace problem lies here: "After all, Tata has grown from a national giant into an international player"

  15. Anonymous6:14 am

    Have a look at http://www.facebook.com/topic.php?uid=41645784174&topic=305078

    Its says:

    "It may be noted that IUCN and the MTSG (Marine Turtle Scientific Group) scientists working with the group have clearly stated that dredging operations for Dhamra does not and will not affect the Olive Ridley Turtles in Gahirmatha Marine Sanctuary and its periphery area. For more details log on to - http://scienceoremotion.blogspot.com."

  16. Jessica1:34 am

    "Greenpeace has been variously criticized for being too radical, too alarmist, or too mainstream, for using methods bordering on eco-terrorism, for having itself caused environmental damage in its activities, for taking positions which are not environmentally or economically sound, and for valuing non-human causes over human causes. These criticisms have been made by governments, industrial and political lobbyists and other environmental groups."

    Greenpeace Lies About Apple

    Greenpeace Lies About Dhamra Port

    Is that like Greenpeace always targets big corporate giant to keep them under pressure and earn money from them ultimately?

    I wonder why a non-governmental organization for the protection and conservation of the environment do not like to protect the human beings. I have found in few countries innocent & poor people require protections, importance more than animals.

    Why they have been kept ignored and leave behind by this type of so called good organizations.


  17. Aakash6:05 am

    Light and lighting are crucial for any industrial project, both during construction and the operational phase. IUCN lighting experts and DPCL are also taking care of implementing lighting safeguards, which would also be turtle safe lighting and would be low pressure sodium vapor lights which have been proven by research to be the least disorienting to turtle hatchlings.

    Source: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=296928&id=168851070709

  18. Jessica6:55 am

    "Expressing anguish over the Green Peace movement's single point agenda on stopping work on Dhamra Port project in Orissa, Tata Steel Chairman Ratan Tata reiterated that the company would in no way take up any project hazardous to Olive Ridley Turtles"

    Mr Ratan Tata Chairman of TATA Steel to Greenpeace activists: "I invite you for a discussion and a visit to the port site in Dhamra."

    Tata proved that Tata was always willing to have a best solution for country's industrial & economical development and they were always ready for solutions.




  19. Greenpeace, the professed global environment campaign organization, in an instance of unmatched brazenness, falsified the report prepared by North Orissa University on Biodiversity Assessment of Dhamra Estuary. As a result, a group of forty MPs wrote to the Ministry Of Environment and Forests to call on the bluff of Greenpeace. The Orissa Govt. therefore initiated action against Greenpeace proposing a ban on all its activities in the state.

    However, after the 102nd Annual General Meeting of Tata Steel in Mumbai, Greenpeace unabashedly has started their tricks once again. This time it has managed to rope in Retd Admiral Ramdas and his wife Mrs. Lalita Ramdas on the issue of Dhamra port but as far as scientific reasoning goes, the issues raised are totally unfounded. We can just hope that the visit of the Ramdas’ to the site will help to stop meaningless agitations and clear the situation once and for all.

  20. Tata Steel has always maintained a strong focus on environment sustainability and environment management in all its operations. We have seen that in the issues regarding the construction of a deep-sea port at Dhamra in Orissa, the Company has been forthcoming in sharing the concerns of activists and ever willing to implement practical means of mitigating any adverse impact of port construction on the marine eco-system in that area. The Company has held at least eight to nine sessions of meetings with Greenpeace and other environmental organizations in the matter of Dhamra Port. Tata Steel has made it abundantly clear that it is willing to have further discussions in order to alleviate any unnecessary doubts that the dissenters may yet nurture against the project.

    Here is an outline of events as they happened till date.

    The JV agreement with L&T to build a port at Dhamra was signed by Tata Steel in 2004. At the very onset, discussions were initiated with WWF- India, BNHS, Mr Kartik Shankar, Mr Bittu Sehagal and others.

    The company was duly concerned with the objections raised by different environmental organizations and agreed not to begin construction work till a detailed study was complete. Responding wholeheartedly to the demands of activists, Tata Steel agreed for a proposal for a further study of the impact of the port on turtles and on the marine and island eco-system.

    In 2005, BNHS and WWF-India, with an unprecedented suddenness, reversed their stand and refused to conduct the assessment study as they had promised. However, the organisations did not provide any reasons for their turncoat attitude.

    In March 06, in an address to ED, Greenpeace India, the Chairman of TATA Sons made it clear that commitments were meant to be honoured at both ends. The Company had fulfilled their promise by withholding construction work for the proposed study, which never actually took off. The MD of Tata Steel also met Greenpeace officials in their Bangalore office.

    In January 2008 a meeting was subsequently conducted between Greenpeace and Tata Steel and a list of concerns was presented by Greenpeace with regard to Dhamra Port. DPCL on 8th March 2008, gave a detailed and comprehensive explanation to all the points raised by Greenpeace. Subsequent objections were allayed on 3rd May 2008.

    Further on 23rd October 2008, MD, Tata Steel along with senior executives of Tata Steel, L&T and DPCL met Greenpeace, BNHS, WPSI, Wild Society of Orissa, Sanctuary Asia and other environmental organizations to discuss the concerns and the way forward on the subject with regard to Dhamra Port.

    A team of Company Executives and environment experts visited Bhitarakanika National Park, Gahirmatha Marine Sanctuary and the Dhamra Port site on February 2009, supervising the ongoing dredging operations.

  21. On fourth meeting on 20th Feb 2009 in Kolkata, Tata Steel, L&T and DPCL agreed to conduct the additional biological impact assessment in close collaboration with NGOs’ of environmental organizations team led by a mutually agreed upon Scientists team. However the NGOs’ in a further instance of unreasonableness, insisted upon complete cessation of on-going dredging operation of Dhamra Port even before the commencement of study. However DPCL, Tata Steel and L&T team showed it preparedness to adjust the schedule of works including dredging to facilitate the study after due recommendation by the Scientists team.

    The 102nd AGM of Tata Steel had been attended by a number of Greenpeace activists who happen to be shareholders of the Company as well. The AGM highlighted Tata Steel’s interests in further conference with Greenpeace in the matter of the port in addition to an invitation to activists to visit the port site yet again.

    From the sequence of events, it is absolutely clear that the only thing that Greenpeace wants is to prolong the situation of deadlock in the matter of Dhamra Port. Perhaps, due to a lack of other valid issues on their agenda, Greenpeace is carrying on with a stance of stiffness, lest they have to give in to valid scientific reasoning. The only deduction that may be drawn from Greenpeace’s lack of willingness in discussion is that they have lost their own conviction long before and fear that they will have to admit it as such in an open forum. It is indeed a very sorry state of affairs in which progress is kept at stake and the environment is being used as a pawn by people who profess themselves to be friends of the environment.