In a rare instance, the District Court of Raigarh on 17-9-2008, in the Central Indian State of Chhattisgarh, stayed the proposed Public Hearing for seven projects which included thermal power plants and steel plant expansion projects on the ground of non compliance with the procedure stipulated under the Environment Impact Assessment Notification.
Carlos Ponce has written a Memo on the Freedom of Association. It serves as a resource for the various restrictions placed upon NGOs (CSOs) around the world, laws and regulations that protect NGOs, and guidelines to NGOs and activists on how to persevere in their objectives despite operating within corrupt or militant regimes.
This Memo can be found on the Resources page:
In a very first in terms of public participation in environmental decision making, the State/Provincial Government of the western Indian State of Maharashtra organized on 22nd of September 2008 a Referendum in District Raigad for deciding the fate of the new Special Economic Zone.