MoEF to submit Yamuna Action Plan by February 2014

MoEF to submit the Yamuna Action Plan by February 17, 2014.

Promises National Green Tribunal on formulation of an action plan for restoration and preservation of Yamuna river by February 17.

Report on illegal groundwater usage vague, says NGT

National Green Tribunal pans the expert panel for the poor report on illegal use og groundwater in Delhi and orders it to submit a comprehensive report by February 4, 2014.

Dams for Mumbai to hit tribal population: SANDRP

The proposed 12 dams to provide water to Mumbai will affect lakhs of tribals in Maharashtra and submerge around 22,000 hectares of land, says a report by the South Asia Network on Dams, Rivers & People. 

Centre to play a key role in water management post-bifurcation of Andhra

The draft Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Bill, 2013, gives Centre a vital role in sharing and management of water resources between Telangana and Seemandhra after the bifurcation.

NGT issues stay order on covering of drains in South Delhi

Imposes stay on covering of Kushak nallah and Satpula drain in Delhi since no environmental assessment study had been carried out by the authorities.

Andhra allowed to utilise 8 tmc of Vamsadhara water

Vamsadhara Water Dispute Tribunal allows Andhra Pradesh to construct side weir across the river which will benefit thousands of farmers in Srikakulam district. Odisha strongly objects the decision.

Haryana govt proposes bill to prevent groundwater misuse

Prepares a draft model bill to conserve, protect and regulate the groundwater in the state.

NGT pans UP govt for presenting an incomplete report on mining

State government asked to present the complete report on illegal sand mining in Jallon and Hamirpur districts by January 13.

MP ordered to release Rs 15 crore for conservation of lakes

NGT thrashes Madhya Pradesh government for failing to allocate the funds set aside for conservation of lakes in Bhopal by January 16.

TN farmers recommend linking of major water bodies

Suggest connecting Koonthankulam and Kaadankulam water bodies through a flood carrier channel to revive a famous bird sanctuary of the region.

Barrage project across Dardha river in Bihar launched

The Rs 34.35 crore Lawaich-Rampur barrage project aims to irrigate 8,000 hectares of land across nine villages. To be completed by May-June 2015.

Dimna lake in Jamshedpur loses out to car wash

Civil authorities pay no attention to pollution of Dimna lake water due to washing and oiling of vehicles near the banks of the water body.

CAG chides fisheries board for wasting Rs. 5.82 cr 

Negligence and injudicious decision led to National Fisheries Development Board's failure in providing disease-free shrimp seeds to farmers despite spending Rs. 5.82 crore on the project, reports CAG. 

Chittoor water project gets into trouble

Andhra Pradesh High Court seeks approval details of the proposed drinking water supply project in Chittoor district.  

This is the roundup of important news for December 18 & 19, 2013.

Source: 
The Hindu, The Times of India, Down to Earth, The Economic Times, The New Indian Express, The Telegraph, Deccan Herald, Deccan Chronicle,
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News daily- Environment ministry to formulate an action plan to restore and preserve the Yamuna river by February 17, NGT terms report on illegal use of groundwater in Delhi vague, SANDRP report says 12 proposed dams to get water for Mumbai will hit tribal population.
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