Kerala wants yet another review of the Western Ghats report

Kerala demands review of the Western Ghats order

The State Government has asked the Centre to review its order on eco-sensitive zone in the Western Ghats. The Order was based on the Kasturirangan report that recommended one-third of the Ghats be declared eco-sensitive.

Big mining companies violate environment laws in Odisha

Companies like Tata Steel, Aditya Birla group and Jindal Steel have been operating mines without environment clearance in Odisha, an investigation by a mining Commission has revealed.

Bihar wants Centre to permit river interlinking

The State Government says that interlinking of four rivers- Burhi Gandak, None, Baya and Ganga- will reduce the devastation caused by floods and also increase agricultural yield.

Appoint eco-regulator by March: SC tells Centre

The Supreme Court has given 11-weeks' time to the Environment Ministry to appoint a Regulator with offices in all states for appraising projects, enforcing environmental conditions for approvals and imposing penalties on polluters.

Waste a big issue in rural areas of Udupi

146 Gram Panchayats of Udupi district in Karnataka grapple with waste management as they do not have enough land to dispose off their waste.

River monitoring station near Periyar

To measure pollution in the Periyar river, the Kerala State Pollution Control Board has set up a river monitoring station in Kochi's Ellor area. The station will display water quality results on boards at various locations.

Embankment along the Tapi in Surat

The Gujarat State Irrigation Department has begun work on a 765 metre long embankment in Surat to prevent floods during monsoon.

Drinking water for Diu from Narmada

Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde to lay the foundation stone for a drinking water project in the island off the Gujarat coast. The water will be supplied from the Narmada river.

Ban on construction in Shimla 's green belt to continue

The Himachal Pradesh Government has decided to continue its construction ban in 17 green belts of Shimla.  The ban on both commercial and private construction was imposed in the year 2000.

Ecopark to preserve rocky area in Hyderabad

The Hyderabad Metropolitan Authority has taken up a 60 crore project to preserve a rocky area in the City's Himayatsagar area. The Park will have forest trails, rare and threatened floral species and agro parks.

East Kolkata wetlands face encroachment 

Land sharks, politicians and unemployed local youth are minting money by illegally selling off chunks of the 2,500 hectare East Kolkata Wetlands, a major biodiveristy hub.

Waste incinerator in Delhi emits toxic fumes and ash

A waste to energy plant in Delhi's southern periphery emits toxic ash and fumes even as residents nearby complain about breathing problems.

This is a roundup of important news from January 5 and 6, 2014.

Source: 
The Hindu, Down to Earth, The Economic Times, The Times of India, The New Indian Express, The Indian Express, Toxicswatch
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