Agriculture allowed in Western Ghats

MoEF allows agriculture and plantation in Western Ghats

Withdraws earlier order declaring  one-third of Western Ghats as eco-sensitive zone owing to the pressure from states like Kerala. Ban on mining, quarrying, thermal power plants etc. continues.

Jayanthi Natarajan quits from MoEF

President accepts her resignation from the post of Union Minister of Environment and Forests. Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas takes up the additional responsibility of MoEF.

Odisha to manage Hirakud and Rengali reservoirs

In a first of its kind effort, Odisha government will be preparing management action plan for two of its major reservoirs.

Nashik to desilt rivers using robotic machines

Nashik Municipal Corporation to utilise robotic reservoir cleaning system for desilting city's reservoirs, Godavari, Nasardi and Waldevi rivers.

78 villages get contaminated water

Tests find high levels of fluoride, iron, titanium and nitrates in drinking water of 78 villages in trans-Ganga and Yamuna areas of Allahabad district.

Coca Cola fined Rs. 1.25 lakh for encroachment

Its bottling plant at Mehdiganj, Uttar Pradesh, gets one week's notice  to return the encroached upon land to gram panchayat.

NGT questions UP govt and MoEF on illegal sand mining

Pulls up both the state government and the environment ministry for the illegal mining being carried out in Bijnore district despite the tribunal's ban. 

NEERI presents Panchganga plan to Bombay HC

Submits the details of the survey plan on pollution in 45 km stretch of Panchganga river from Kolhapur to Kurundwad town in Maharashtra. 

Andhra to seek PM's intervention in Krishna water sharing issue

The state government is all set to challenge the Krishna Water Tribunal Award in Supreme Court and wants the Centre to implead in the case.

Goa govt lays down stricter groundwater policy

Mandates registeration and monitoring of all groundwater sources and structures in the state to ensure judicious use.

Narmada turns into a bane for salt pan workers

Washes away salt pans in the Little Rann of Kutch in Patan and Surendranagar district of Gujarat. Authorities take no action to millions of gallons of river water going waste.

Karcham Wangtoo to start generating power

The 1000 MW hydropower project on Sutlej river in Himachal Pradesh is ready for commissioning.

Citizens demand cancellation of sewage management tax

Condemn additional sewage surcharge in the water bills which will help Kolhapur Municipal Corporation  raise Rs. 70 lakh to manage and operate the sewage treatment plant.

This is the roundup of important news for December 20 & 21, 2013.

Source: 
The Hindu, The Times of India, Down to Earth, The Economic Times, The Indian Express, The New Indian Express
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News today: Environment ministry withdraws its previous order on Western ghats amid pressure from Kerala, Jayanthi Natarajan steps down as environment minister, Odisha to prepare management action plans for Hirakud and Rengali reservoirs.
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