Marine pollution costs $100 million annually to Indian Ocean nations

Indian oceans nations under severe threat of marine pollution

Spread of algal blooms and marine pollution costs $100 million a year to Indian Ocean countries, says study.

MoEF to amend the Forest Conservation Act

To legally bind the states for settling tribal rights over forestland before sending proposals to the ministry for diversion to non-forest purposes.

Phase-III of Yamuna Action Plan for Delhi approved

Environment ministry okays Rs. 1,656 crore plan for Delhi alongwith two projects worth Rs. 217 crore for pollution abatement of Yamuna at Sonepat and Panipat in Haryana.

Centre allocates Rs. 7,346 crore compensation to Uttarakhand

Approves Rs. 7,346 crore funds as a compensation package to Uttarakhand, devastated in June flash floods, for reconstruction and rehabilitation.

'Arunachal, Assam should develop joint plan for flood mitigation'

Both the states need to evolve integrated mechanism to reduce the impacts of China's upcoming dams in the upstream of Brahmaputra, say experts.

Odisha to construct 30,000 pucca houses along coastline

State government is all set to build 30,000 pucca houses and install 162 cyclone and flood shelters in the coastal region as a long term measure to mitigation of calamities.

'Irrigation water diverted to industries in Maharashtra'

Around 1,983 cubic metre of state's water meant for irrigation diverted to big industries and metro cities in Maharashtra between 2003 to 2011, claims Lokabhimukh Paani Dhoran Sangharsh Manch. 

Centre assists states to provide housing and urban drinking water supply

Allocates Rs. 3686 crore to state governments for drinking water supply projects through various Centrally sponsored schemes.

Odisha achieves only 55% of sanitation targets

State government fails to meet the targets of toilet construction under the Total Sanitation Campaign, reveals CAG. Mismanagement and improper planning are the reasons for the low achievement.

Kochi Collector gets in trouble for allowing sand mining

Activists issue legal notice against District Collector of Kochi for permitting illegal sand mining in Periyar and Muvattupuzha rivers against environmental norms.

Sunderban land sinks into sea

Villagers in the islands struggle to protect their land vanishing into the river due to coastal erosion.

An end to Thiruvanathapuram's drinking water woes

A drinking water treatment plant with a capacity of 10 million litres of water a day commissioned in Thiruvanathapuram, Kerala, to supply water to two lakh people in five gram panchayats.

This is the roundup of important news for December 11 & 12, 2013.

Source: 
The Hindu, The Times of India, Down to Earth, Outlook India, The Economic Times, Press Information Bureau, The New Indian Express
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