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Environmental Impact Assessment

The EIA Division of SACON Provides expert consultancy services on issues related to environment, biodiversity, its management and conservation to various stakeholders. Along with relevant academic research we also conduct applied and objective research on various issues related to the seemingly conflicting interface of development and environment targeted at developing optimal and sustainable management solutions.

The division takes up general Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) studies and development of Environment Management Plans (EMPs), as well as related to various developmental projects and activities as mandated in Environmental legislations currently in force. These studies would basically involve a holistic, multi-pronged and interdisciplinary investigation towards staving off, minimize, mitigate and/ or remediate environmental Impacts and improve habitat quality. Habitat Improvement programs and suo moto investigations on relevant environment issues in the larger interest of nation and/or Environment are also part of the functioning of the Division.

Backed by the vast expertise and experience of the division, it would also play an active role in the improvement of Environmental Policies and regulations through providing scientific inputs to policy/decision makers.

Dr. Arun P R

Senior Principal Scientist & Head

Research Interests:Assessment and management of of developmental Impacts on ecological systems, EIA, Entomology (Butterfly ecology & Chronobiological aspects), Ecology, Conservation Sciences & Environmental Jurisprudence

Contact: eiasacon@gmail.com


Dr. Riddhika Ramesh

Scientist

Contact : riddhikalle@gmail.com


Mohamed Samsoor Ali .A

Ph.D Scholar

Research Interest: Ornithology, Ecology, EIA

Currently Working on: Waterbird Assemblage of Human-Made Wetlands In Bhachau Taluk Kutch District, Gujarat, India

Contact: amsamsoor@yahoo.co.in


Shanthakumar.S.B

Ph.D Scholar

Research Interest:Ornithology, Mammalogy, Ecology, EIA

Currently Working on:Cumulative Environmental Impact Assessment of Yamuna River basin, Uttarakhand.

Contact: srshanth@gmail.com


Anoop V

Ph.D Scholar

Research Interest:Ornithology, Human-wildlife conflict, EIA

Currently Working on:Impacts of wind power generation on select faunal components of a dry deciduous forest at Harpanahalli, Davangere, Karnataka.

Contact: pvanoop1@gmail.com

Phone: 09442618066


Chandran.R

Ph.D Scholar (since 01.07.2011)

Specialization:Environmental Education

Currently Study:Impacts of environmental education

Contact: chakkudu123@gmail.com

Completed Projects (Since 2011)

  1. Additional study of less than 10 mw Hydroelectric Projects under the Cumulative Impact Assessment of Hydroelectric projects in Sutlej river Basin in Himachal Pradesh
  2. Supplementary EIA study for the proposed High level bridge across Pulicat lake with special focus on the birds
  3. Faunal diversity documentation study at Chemfab Alkalis Ltd. campus, Puducherry
  4. Impact of Developmental Projects like road widening on the bird population of Gulbarga City
  5. Rapid Biodiversity study for the Proposed Multi-product SEZ/Industrial Park at Gopalpur, District Ganjam, Odisha state by M/s Tata Steel SEZ Limited.
  6. Documentation of biodiversity of Sompeta wetlands of Srikakulam and developing biodiversity mediated livelihood options for local communities
  7. Plant- Animal Community Studies in Various Landscape Elements (Birds and Butterflies) in the Munnar High range Mountain Landscape Area
  8. Management Plan preparation of Fudam Bird Sanctuary, Daman & Diu
  9. Impact of Hara Wind Power Project of CLP Wind Farms (India) Ltd. on Wildlife including Migratory birds and Raptors at Harapanahalli, Davangere, Karnataka
  10. Cumulative Impact Assessment Study of Hydro Power Projects on River Yamuna, Tons and Tributaries -Faunal Aspects
  11. Cumulative Impact Assessment of Hydropower development on Sutlej basin in Himachal pradesh- Faunal Aspects
  12. Ecological and ethno-cultural examination of the rise and fall in rice diversity in southern India with special reference to the Western Ghats
  13. Monitoring the impacts of Jangi Wind power farm (91.8 MW)with special reference to birds and bats
  14. Study on the the potential environmental impacts from developing wind farms in Agali, Attapadi, Kottathara and Nallasingam areas of Palakkad district in Kerala
  15. Impact assessment of prospecting exploration activities through 3D seismic data acquisition by Oil India Ltd. on mangrove fauna at Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh
  16. Study on Impact of Construction of High Rise Towers on Migration of Fauna Including Avifauna – Bengal NRI Township Project, Anandapur, Kolkata
  17. Baseline Environmental Data (BED) collection for flora and fauna for Mithivirdi Nuclear Power Project at Bhavnagar, Gujarat of M/s. Nuclear Power Corporation Ltd
  18. An Ecological status survey of the Wetlands of Srikakulam District, Andhra Pradesh
  19. Preparation of Eco-Development Plan for Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park, Wandoor, Andaman & Nicobar Islands
  20. Impact Assessment of LNG terminal augmentation project by m/s PLL on the terrestrial flora and fauna at Puthuvypeen, Kerala
  21. Impact of survey and drilling operations by m/s oil india ltd. on wildlife and avifauna at kakinada
  22. Comprehensive Management Action Plan for Conservation of Ousteri Lake, Puducherry
  23. Review of state of environment in Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur, Rajasthan and its catchment area: A Historical analysis

Doctoral Research Work

  • Environmental Impacts of windpower generation with specieal reference to birds in Kutch District, Gujarat.
  • Impact of developmental activies on bird communities along sutlaj river basin, Himachal Pradesh
  • Waterbird Assemblage Of Human-Made Wetlands In Bhachau Taluk Kutch District, Gujarat, India
  • Study on the Urban Butterfly Assemblages of Select Cities of Southern India

Student Projects

  • Socio–ecological assessment and sustainable management of an urban wetland ecosystem: A case study of Ukkadam big tank; Coimbatore
  • The EIA (Environmental Impact Assessment) process: a comparative evaluation between Brazil and India
  • Radiation levels from Cell-phone Towers and Bird assemblages at select urban lakes of Coimbatore

  1. Arun, P.R., Riddhika Kalle, Rajah Jayapal & Dibyendu Biswas (2018b) Faunal diversity documentation study at Chemfab Alkalis ltd. (CCAL) campus, Kalapet, Puducherry. SACON, Coimbatore, 60pp.
  2. Arun, P.R., Babu S, Divyapriya, C & Niveditha, R.K. (2018a) Impact of developmental projects like road widening on the bird population of Gulbarga city. SACON, Coimbatore, 72pp.
  3. Pramod, P., Karunakaran, P.V., Arun P.R., Riddhika Kalle, Ramesh, T & Waghmare, Y (2018) Study on bird hazardand its mitigationmeasures required at the Multi sector SEZ located near RGI Airport. Interim Report. SACON, Coimbatore, 35pp.
  4. Riddhika Kalle, Ramesh, T., Arun P.R. & Muthukrishnan, V. (2018) Supplementary Environmental Impact Assessment for the proposed High Level Bridge across Pulicat Lake, Tamil Nadu, with special focus on Birds. SACON, Coimbatore, 75pp.
  5. Arun, P.R. (2017b) Wildlife Painting Exhibition. SACON News 14, 2–3.
  6. Arun, P.R. (2017a) Advanced technologies illustrated by nature; Dispelling the illusion of “Conquering nature.” Papilio 4, 2–4.
  7. Arun, P.R., Riddhika Kalle, Karunakaran, P.V., Prakash, L & Dibyendu,B. (2017) Rapid Biodiversity study for the Proposed Multi-product SEZ/Industrial Park of M/s Tata Steel SEZ Limited at Gopalpur, Ganjam, Odisha. SACON, Coimbatore, 82pp.
  8. Balasubramanian, P, Mathew, K. S., Arun, P.R., Pramod, P., Kumara H N, Babu S & Sankar, K. (2017) Glimpses of SACON Campus Biodiversity. SACON.
  9. Dibyendu Biswas, Arun, P.R., Rajah Jayapal & Riddhika Kalle (2017) Faunal diversityin a green belt of a Chemical Industry, Puducherry. SACON News 14, 6.
  10. Jins, V.J. (2017) Reptile Communities of Agasthyamalai Hills with Emphasis on Distribution along Elevation Gradient. Bharathiar University, Coimbatore
  11. Mathew KS, Arun, P.R. & Rajah Jayapal (2017) Documenting the biodiversity of Sompeta Wetland, Srikakulam District, Andhra Pradesh and developing biodiversity-mediated livelihood options for local communities. SACON, 130pp.
  12. Pramod, P. & Arun, P.R. (2017) Insects. In: Glimpses of SACON Campus Biodiversity. SACON, Coimbatore, pp. 37–48.
  13. Ramesh Kumar, S. (2017) Impacts of Wind Farm on Avifauna of Samakhiali Region, Kutch, Gujarat. Bharathiar University, Coimbatore
  14. Riddhika Kalle, Arun, P.R., Dibyendu,B. & Prakash, L (2017) Rapid Biodiversity Survey at the Multi-Product Special Economic Zone (SEZ)/Industrial Park at M/s Tata Steel SEZ Limited, Gopalpur, Odisha. SACON News 14, 5.
  15. Sebastian, M.K. & Arun, P.R. (2017) SACON campus and its environs. In: Glimpses of SACON Campus Biodiversity. SACON, Coimbatore, pp. 1–8.
  16. Arun, P.R. (2016e) Understanding natural systems for inspiring innovations; the pressing need of the hour. In: National Conference on Trends and Innovations in Biological Research (16-17 Feb 2016). MES Kalladi College, Mannarkkad, Kerala, pp. 7–8.
  17. Arun, P.R. ed. (2016d) SACON Alumni Profile- May 2016. SACON.
  18. Arun, P.R. (2016c) Outbreak of dengue in Tamil Nadu, India- A rejoinder. Current Science 110, 12–13.
  19. Arun, P.R. (2016b) Environmental Impacts of Wind power; Results of two case studies.
  20. Arun, P.R. (2016a) Environmental Impacts of Wind power. In: 17th International training course on Wind turbine technology and applications; Course material. NIWE, Chennai, pp. 447–448.
  21. Anon (2016) POSTER- Impact of Wind Turbines on Birds and Bats; A comparison of case studies from Gujarat & Karanataka.
  22. Arun, P.R. & Esha Haldar (2016) Effect of exotic weedy plants on birds and butterfly assemblages; a study from sacon campus. SACON News 12, 6–6.
  23. Esha Haldar (2016) A Short-term Study on Birds and Butterflies Associated with Exotic Weeds (Lantana camara, Chromolaena odorata & Prosopis juliflora) at SACON Campus, Anaikatty, Coimbatore. SACON, Coimbatore. M.Sc Internship Project under the guidance of Dr. Arun, P.R., 48pp.
  24. Mathew, K. S. & Arun, P.R. (2016) Report on the one day Workshop cum Seminar on “Significance and conservation of traditional rice varieties in Kerala” held at Koppam, Pattambi, Palakkad, Kerala. SACON, 13pp.
  25. Rajah Jayapal, Arun, P.R. & Ramesh Kumar, S. (2016) Sompeta wetland in Srikakulam district, Andhra Pradesh- A Potential IBA Site. SACON News 13, 7–7.
  26. Santha Kumar, S.B., Samsoor Ali, A.M. & Arun, P.R. (2016) Status of Greater Spotted Eagle Clanga clanga in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, India. Indian Birds 11, 71–74.
  27. Arun, P.R., Karunakaran, P.V., Balakrishnan Peroth, Ramesh Kumar, S., Ramarajan, S. & Anoop Raj, P.N. (2015c) Birds of High Range Mountain Landscape, Munnar; A Literature Review. SACON, Coimbatore, 46pp.
  28. Arun, P.R., Karunakaran, P.V., Balakrishnan Peroth, Ramarajan, S., Ramesh Kumar, S. & Anoop Raj, P.N. (2015b) Flora of Munnar High Ranges Mountain Landscape; A Preliminary review of Literature. SACON, Coimbatore, 17pp.
  29. Arun, P.R., Karunakaran, P.V., Balakrishnan Peroth, Anoop Raj, P.N., Ramesh Kumar, S. & Ramarajan, S. (2015a) Butterflies of High Range Mountain Landscape, Munnar; A Literature Review. SACON, 25pp.
  30. Murugesan, M., Arun, P.R., Nikhil Raj PP, Azeez PA & Mathew KS (2015) A new species of Sonerilla (Melastomataceae) from the Western Ghats of Kerala, India. Scientific Transactions in Environment and Technovation 8, 122–124.
  31. Ramesh, C., Shantha Kumar, S.B., Arun, P.R., Sony, R.K, Murugesan, M. & Bhupathy, S (2015) Further confirmation for Platyceps rhodorachis (JAN, 1865), from India, with a note on feeding on Cyrtodactylus fasciolatus (Blyth, 1861). Herpetozoa 28, 109–112.
  32. Ramesh Kumar, S., Santha Kumar, S.B., Karunakaran, P.V., Arun, P.R. & Ramarajan, S. (2015) A Trip to High Ranges. SACON News 12, 1–3.
  33. Samsoor Ali, A M, Ramesh Kumar, S. & Arun, P.R. (2015) Sighting of Greater Scaup Aythya Marila And Pallid Scops-Owl Otus Brucei In Eastern Kutch of Gujarat, India. Journal of Bombay Natural History Society 112, 30–32.
  34. Sony, R.K. & Arun, P.R. (2015) A case study of butterfly road kills from Anaikatty Hills, Western Ghats, Tamil Nadu, India. Journal of Threatened Taxa 7, 8154.
  35. Arun, P.R., Rajah Jayapal, and Anoop, V. 2015. “Impact of Hara Wind Power Project of CLP Wind Farms (India) Ltd. on Wildlife Including Migratory Birds and Raptors at Harapanahalli, Davangere, Karnataka.” Technical report. Coimbatore: SACON.
  36. Arun, P.R., Srinivas, G, and Shantha Kumar, S.B. 2015. “Cumulative Impact Assessment Study of Hydro Power Projects on River Yamuna, Tons and Tributaries -Faunal Aspects.” Technical report. Coimbatore: SACON.
  37. Arun, P.R. 2014. “Nature Lessons and Conservation.” In . National seminar at Govt. Brennen College, Tellicherry.
  38. Arun, P.R., Murugesan M, Shantha Kumar, S.B., Sony, R.K, and Ramesh, C. 2014. “Cumulative Environmental Impact Assessment of Hydro Electric Projects of Sutlej River Basin in Himachal Pradesh-Faunal Aspects.” Technical report. Coimbatore: SACON.
  39. Arun, P.R., and Rajan, P. 2014a. “Impact Assessment of Prospecting Exploration through 3D Seismic Data Acquisition by Oil India Ltd. on Mangrove Fauna at Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh.” EIA report. Coimbatore: SACON.
  40. Arun, P.R., and Rajan, P. 2014b. “Study on the the Potential Environmental Impacts of Wind Farm Development in Agali, Attapadi, Kottathara and Nallasingam Areas of Palakkad District, Kerala.” EIA report. Coimbatore: SACON.
  41. Arun, P.R., Samsoor Ali, A M, and Ramesh Kumar, S. 2014. “Monitoring the Impacts of Jangi Wind Power Farm (91.8 MW) with Special Reference to Birds and Bats.” Technical report. Coimbatore: SACON.
  42. Arun, P.R., Srinivas, G, and Shantha Kumar, S.B. 2015. “Cumulative Impact Assessment Study of Hydro Power Projects on River Yamuna, Tons and Tributaries -Faunal Aspects.” Technical report. Coimbatore: SACON.
  43. Mathew KS, Azeez PA, Chaithra Shree, J, and Arun, P.R. 2014. “Ecological and Ethno-Cultural Examination of the Rise and Fall in Rice Biodiversity in Southern India With Special Reference to The Western Ghats.” SACON.
  44. Ramesh Kumar, S., and Arun, P.R. 2014. “Butterflies (of SACON ).” SACON News.
  45. Ramesh Kumar S, Samsoor Ali, A M, and Arun, P.R. 2014. “Peculiar Nest Site of Indian Robin Saxicoloides Fulicatus.” SACON News.
  46. Samsoor Ali, A.M., Shantha Kumar, S.B., Ramesh Kumar, S., Chandran, R., and Arun, P.R. 2014. “SACON Campus- A Bird Haven.” SACON News.
  47. Samsoor Ali, A.M. et al., 2014. SACON Campus- A Bird Haven. SACON News, 11(2-3), pp.1–5.
  48. Samsoor Ali, A.M. et al., 2013. Birds of the Sálim Ali Centre for Ornithology and Natural History Campus, Anaikatty Hills, southern India. Journal of Threatened Taxa, 5(17), pp.5288–5298.
  49. Arun PR. 2013. “Environmental Impact Assessment; Challenges and Opportunities.” In Proceedings of the National Seminar on Environmental Management and its Future Perspectives, Mampad: MES College, 51–55. www.mesmampad.org.
  50. Arun PR, Rajah Jayapal, and Murugesan M. 2013. Impact of Construction of High Rise Towers on Migration of Fauna Including Avifauna – Bengal NRI Township Project (Urbana), Anandapur. Coimbatore: SACON. Technical report.
  51. Murugesan M, Arun PR, Mathew KS, and Arthi T. 2013. “Avifaunal Diversity and Conservation Implications of Wetlands of Srikakulam District, Andhra Pradesh, India.” In ICIO-2 Coimbatore: Salim Ali Centre for Ornithology and Natural History.
  52. Murugesan, M., P. R. Arun, and B. A. K. Prusty. 2013. “The Butterfly Community of an Urban Wetland System-a Case Study of Oussudu Bird Sanctuary, Puducherry, India.” Journal of Threatened Taxa 5(12): 4672–78.
  53. Murugesan, M., Rachna Chandra, Prusty B Anjan, and Arun PR. 2013. “Avifauna of the Oussudu Lake and Its Environs, Puducherry, India and Conservation Concerns.” Bird Populations 12: 19–29.
  54. Ramesh Kumar S, Samsoor Ali, A M, and Arun PR. 2013. “Wild Nilgai in Company with Domestic Cattle.” SACON News 10(1): 7.
  55. Ramesh Kumar, S., Samsoor Ali, A.M., and Arun PR. 2013. “Bat Mortality due to Collision with Wind Turbines in Kutch District, Gujarat, India.” Journal of Threatened Taxa 5(13): 4822–24.
  56. Samsoor Ali, A M, Ramesh Kumar S, and Arun PR.2013. “Black Ibis Pseudibis Papillosa Nesting on Power Transmission Line Pylons, Gujarat, India.” BirdingAsia 19: 104–6.
  57. Samsoor Ali, A M, Ramesh Kumar S, and Arun PR. 2013. “Waterbird Assemblage in Rural Village Ponds of Samakhiali and Jangi Regions, Kutch District, Gujarat, India.” Bird Populations 12: 12–18.
  58. Ramesh Kumar S, Arun PR, Ashok KN, and Chandran R. 2012. “Mass Movement of Butterflies.” SACON News 9(4): 5–5.
  59. Samsoor Ali, A M, Ramesh Kumar S, Arun PR, and Joseph Reginald. 2012. “Sighting of a Large Congregation of Demoiselle Cranes (Grus Virgo) near Jangi, Kutch Dt., Gujarat.” Newsletter for Birdwatchers 52(1): 11–12.
  60. Arun, P R, and Mahajan Maya. (2012). Ecological Costs and Benefits of Teak Defoliator Moth (Hyblaea Puera) Outbreaks in the Mangrove Ecosystem of Mumbai. Marine Science 2 (5): 48–51. doi:10.5923/j.ms.20120205.02.
  61. Mathew KS, Arun PR, Murugesan M, and Arthi T. 2012. “Wetlands of Srikakulam.” SACON News 9(3): 1–2.
  62. Samsoor Ali, A M, Ramesh Kumar S, and Arun PR. 2012. “Sighting Large Congregation of Demoiselle Crane (Grus Virgo).” SACON News 9(2): 4–5.
  63. Samsoor Ali, A.M., Ramesh Kumar, S., Shanthakumar, S.B., Chandran, R., Arun PR, and Murugesan M. 2013. “Sighting of a Bald Common Myna Acridotheres Tristis at Jambu Kandi, Anaikatty, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India.” BirdingAsia 19: 10–11.
  64. Ramesh Kumar S, Samsoor Ali A, and Arun PR. 2012. “Impact of Wind Turbines on Birds: a Case Study from Gujarat, India.” Scientific Journal of Environmental Sciences 1 (1) 9–20.
  65. Samsoor Ali, A M, Kumar SR, P R Arun, Murugesan M (2012) Preliminary survey of avifauna around wind farm of Jangi region, Kutch District, Gujarat, India. Scientific Journal of Zoology 1: 01–10.
  66. P Pramod, Arun PR, P Rajan (2012) Eco-Development Plan for Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park, Wandoor, Andaman & Nicobar Islands. Coimbatore: Project Report, SACON. 40 p.
  67. Mathew KS, Arun PR, Arthi T, Murugesan M, Azeez PA (2012) Wetlands of Srikakulam District; An Ecological Status Survey. Coimbatore: Project Report, SACON. 233p
  68. Arun Shankar AG (2012) Socio–Ecological Assessment and Sustainable Management of an Urban Wetland Ecosystem: A Case Study of Ukkadam Big Tank, Coimbatore Trichy: MBA Thesis, Bharathidasan University.
  69. Arun PR, Murugesan, M., Nikhil Raj P (2012) Report on baseline status of the biological environment around the proposed nuclear power park at Mithivirdi, Bhavnagar, Gujarat, of m/s. Nuclear Power Corporation Ltd. Coimbatore: Project Report, SACON. 73 p.
  70. Arun PR (2012) Urban Verdures and the disregarded diversity within, A case study of Butterflies from Mumbai. Tropical Ecosystems Structure, Function and Services. Coimbatore: Proceedings of the National Seminar on Tropical Ecosystems; Structure Function and Services . pp. 161–174.
  71. Murugesan, M., Rachna Chandra, Prusty B Anjan, PR Arun, S. Bhupathy (2011) Bird diversity of Oussudu Lake, Pondicherry: An update. Status of Indian birds and their conservation, Proceedings of ICIO-I. Sálim Ali Centre for Ornithology and Natural History Coimbatore
  72. Arun PR, Murugesan, M., Nikhil Raj P (2011) Impacts of proposed Seismic survey operations on the Avifauna and Wildlife of Reserve Forest areas of KG Basin Project of Oil India Ltd. Coimbatore: Project Report, SACON. 72 p.
  73. Arun PR, Azeez PA, Murugesan, M., Nikhil Raj P (2011) Impact Assessment of LNG Terminal Augmentation Project by M/s PLL on the Terrestrial Flora and Fauna at Puthuvypeen, Kerala. Coimbatore: Project Report, SACON. 72 p.
  74. Arun PR, Azeez PA (2011) Environmental Impacts of Electro-magnetic fields; A Review Report Submitted to the MoEF Expert committee on communication towers on birds & bees. Coimbatore: Technical Report SACON. 88 p.
  75. Arun PR (2011) Importance of Biodiversity and the Lessons that we Haven’t Learned. National Seminar on “Biodiversity: Present status and future concerns.” Pala, Kottayam.
  76. Anjan PB, Arun PR, Bhupathy S, Murugesan M, Rachna C (2011) Comprehensive Management Action Plan for conservation of Ossudu Sanctuary, Puducherry. Coimbatore: Project Report, SACON. 118 p.

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