Gujarat High Court orders 12 industries in the Mundra port to shut down

HC directs shutting operations in Mundra Port and SEZ

The Gujarat High Court has directed 12 industrial units in the Mundra Port and SEZ in Kutch district to stop operations unless the industrial complex gets environmental clearance.

Tribal Ministry dilutes laws to clear Thoubal multi-purpose project

After opposing it for weeks, the Ministry of Tribal Affairs has recommended forest clearance for the Thoubal multi-purpose project in Manipur that involved diversion of about 600 hectares of forest land.

Review of 500 water related laws

The Ministry of Water Resources is planning a review of about 500 Central and state laws on water to bring them in line with the National water Policy. The laws are related to irrigation, drinking water needs and industrial use of water.

West Bengal surpasses rainwater harvesting target

More than one lakh water bodies have been dug in the past two and a half years in West Bengal against a target of 50,000, claimed the State Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

24*7 water supply for Lutyen's Delhi even as the rest of the city faces water scarcity

The New Delhi zone of the Capital, also known as Lutyen's Delhi, where most of the ministers and bureaucrats stay are being supplied water 24*7 even as the rest of the city struggles even for an hour's supply.

Fishermen seek NGT intervention over POSCO's port

About 50,000 fishermen of Kendrapara and Jagatsinghpur districts have petitioned the National Green Tribunal to stop the port construction by steel jiant POSCO at the Jatadhari river mouth, one of their main sources of fish catch.

Activists collect in Dakshin Kannada to protest Netravati river diversion

More than 300 activists gathered in this Karnataka district to protest against diversion of the Netravati river which is the main source of drinking water for Mangalore town and irrigation of 35,000 hectares of land.

Two fishing projects in Chennai worth Rs 117 crore

A project to improve the Chennai fishing harbour and another for sports fishing and an eco park at Chetpat lake in Chennai are the Tamil Nadu administration's two new projects.

An industry friendly forest clearance system

Environment Minister Veerappa Moily has released a new draft policy for the forest clearance system that includes self-monitoring by industry as a key component.

NGT asks for a detailed map of the Puri sewerage system

The National Green Tribunal has directed the temple town's administration to submit a detailed sewage management plan of the city and prove if the entire sewage is being treated before dumping into the sea.

This is a news roundup of January 15, 2014

The Economic Times, The New Indian Express, Daily Bhaskar,, DNA, The Hindu
News Daily: HC directs shutting of 12 industries in the Mudra port and SEZ; rules diluted for the clearance of Thoubal multi-purpose project in Manipur; 500 water laws to be reviewed