Ministry to probe discrepancy in toilet data

Govt initiates probe into discrepancy in toilet data

Union Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation constitutes panel to look into the huge difference between the ministry and Census data on missing toilets.

ADB to spend Rs.740 crore on flood mitigation

Asian Development Bank to take up flood and river erosion management project worth Rs 740 crore to protect one million people from floods in Brahmaputra river in Assam

Bihar to ban brick kilns along Ganga

Bihar government plans to close down 6,477 registered brick kilns operating on the banks of Ganga river due to shortage of officials to monitor them . 

Experts to resolve Subansiri dam issue

Experts will soon re-examine the feasibility of the Subansiri dam in Arunachal Pradesh. This was decided at a meeting of the representatives of Union government, Assam government and organisations opposing the dam.

Committee demands scrapping of hydel project in Karnataka

Writes to the Chief Minister claiming the proposed 24 MW mini hydropower project on Kumaradhara river will adversely impact the surrouding reserved forest and around 1,500 houses.

NGT issues closure order for polluting units along Ulhas river

National Green Tribunal directs Maharashtra Pollution Control Board to shut down polluting industries along the Ulhas river. The order brings respite to people living near Dombivali industrial cluster in Pune.

No construction on Puri beach, directs NGT

The tribunal also orders Odisha government to submit detailed report on status of waste disposal and treatment in the city by February 2014.

'State laws cannot prevail above Central laws'

National Green Tribunal dismisses Madhya Pradesh's plea for exemption from environmental clearance on sand mining from the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests.

Environmentalists irked by lifting of ban on new industries in TN

Refute MoEF's decision to lift the moratorium claiming the industrialists and State Pollutioin Control Board have taken no proper steps to reduce pollution levels.

Arsenic poisons the water of Bihar's Bhojpur district

Groundwater in areas adjacent to Ganga river contains alarmingly high levels of the chemical. Over 35 persons died in last 20 years with symptoms of arsenic poisoning

Maharashtra govt wakes up to mangrove destruction

Takes notice of the illegal dumping of debris on mangrove plantation near Saket creek area in Thane after two months of the incident taking place.

Maharashtra to use artificial sand

State government is contemplating plans to use artificial sand, made out of crushed stones and boulders, instead of natural one for construction purpose.

HC appoints NEERI to study Panchganga pollution

The National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI) will prepare a short and long term plan to combat pollution on the 60 km stretch of Panchganga river from Kolhapur to Narsobawadi in Maharashtra.

This is the roundup of important news for December 6 & 7, 2013.

 

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