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One activity from which environmental impacts are proving to be serious is the widespread use of motorized transportation. The developing countries till about three decades ago were largely insulated from the problem of air pollution in metropolitan areas, because firstly, the volume of transport was much lower, and secondly, there was much...

In the past, tariff determination in infrastructure sectors was the exclusive domain of government and was subject to political considerations. Electoral compulsions did not allow governments to set tariff to reflect the cost of services. Certain segments of consumers were either exempted from the payment of tariff or heavily subsidised. Although...

The rapidly unravelling Dabhol contract appears to have sent the Union government scurrying for less devastating payment security mechanisms for IPP power.

The Director-General of TERI R K Pachauri takes credit - along with former deputy Iranian foreign minister Ali Shams Ardekani - for coming up with the idea of a gas pipeline from Iran through Pakistan to India. That was a decade ago. Now, the issue is again in the pipeline and may well figure in the Agra Summit. Pachauri spoke to Sunit Arora and N...

Two intriguing concepts came to my notice in the context of discussions on the US economy. The first was part of a conversation held with a senior diplomat in Washington, DC who has served in India, and who was wanting to understand the state of the Indian economy. His main concern was related to India's ability - or the lack of it - to attract...

The coal-bearing formations of India occur in two distinct geological horizons in the Lower Gondwana (Permian) belts of India and the Tertiary sediments (Eocene-Oliocene) of north-eastern India, Rajasthan, Gujarat, and Jammu and Kashmir. Methane gas is entrapped within these formations at a wide range of sub-surface depths.

The messy and devastating Enron stalemate is not without its brighter side. It seems to have accelerated the evolution of power regulation in this country by exposing the regulators to pitfalls that they should watch for. Now we have the Andhra regulator sending back power purchase contracts for possible revision and asking some extremely...

In our last article, we had argued the case for empowering the regulator. An autonomous regulator must, however, be accountable for his actions. It is only regulatory accountability that would make independent regulation acceptable to all stakeholders, especially the government.

The Indo-Pak Summit between Prime Minister Vajpayee and President Musharraf ended without a joint statement by the two leaders. Considerable disappointment has been expressed by several persons whose voices are heard in this country on what appears to have been a meeting without any positive outcome. These feelings are largely the result of...

Growing population in India over the decades has constrained the availability of resources in both urban and rural areas, though the impact of lack of delivery of services has elt more in urban areas. In this changing liberalized scenario and because of increasing pressure on resources, there is a need for regulating the environment...