DMK for a very long time was holding
on to the Environment ministry and
this time around the Prime Minister
does not want to give the portfolio
to them because of the unpopularity
of the DMK ministers in regions like
Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim.
The Dibang multipurpose project was
initiated without getting environmental
clearance it is stated by Neeraj Vagholikhar,
an environmentalist. The Idu Muslims
in the area opposed the building of
a dam and despite this opposition
the work was started by the DMK ministers.
In the year 2003, the Lower Subansiri
project in Assam was cleared without
There was more or less a two-year
protest in Sikkim against the construction
of dams near Kanchanjunga National
Another hydroelectric project was
planned in the northeast.
There are allegations that the department
that should protect the environment
is indulging in weakening the procedures.