New division dedicated to only Himalayas created

New division dedicated to only Himalayas created

MoEF has formed a separate unit to deal with policy matters related to conservation and development in the Himalayan region. The new division was formally announced in 2011 but became active following the Uttarakhand flash floods.

Authorities plan to revive 21 lakes in Tiruvallur and Kancheepuram districts

To increase the irrigation potential in the region, the Water Resources Department proposes to restore 21 lakes in Tiruvallur and Kancheepuram districts of Tamil Nadu. State government's approval is still awaited in the matter.

Common effluent treatment plants in Maharashtra are ineffective, reports SPCB

According to Maharashtra State Pollution Control Board's latest report only seven common effluent treatment plants in the state meet the required standards.

A dismal tale of capital's waste water management

As per Census 2011, 40% of Delhi homes are not connected to the sewerage system.

Committee formed to help restore Maharashtra's marine ecology

Maharashtra's fisheries department creates panel to study the consequences of industrial pollution on fish in the state's coastal water.

Hindalco charged for flouride contamination in farms

Odisha State Pollution Control Board suggests remedial measures to Hindalco plant in Hirakud for reducing the harmful emissions, following the farmers' complaint of heavy crop losses.

No NOC to housing projects

With builders failing to ensure a viable water source for the residents, Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board stops issuing the No Objection Certificate for major residential projects in the city.

Chennai all set to boost its rainwater harvesting

Chennai Corporation plans to undertake re-engineering of rainwater harvesting facilities in more than 100 water bodies in the city.

Kadalundi Sanctuary experiences decline in winged visitors

Owing to the wetlands getting increasingly covered with sand and mining rampant in the region, the Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary in Kerala faces decrease in number of migratory birds visiting the area.

Unplanned aquaculture creates an imbalance in Sunderbans

Owing to the unplanned aquaculture taking place in the region, Sunderbans are under the threat of rising sea level, says recent study.

Nagpur identifies 20-year leak

Nagpur Municipal Commissioner identifies the exact spot of water leakage that was responsible for wasting 45 days of water supply for the entire city.

Godavari water project overcomes a major obstacle

Construction of the master balancing reservoir for the Godavari drinking water supply project to be taken up at priority with MoEF clearing the allotment of 50 acre of forestland at Ghanpur in Hyderabad.

Authorities eager to quench Nellore's thirst

In a bid to improve the drinking water supply in Nellore, Andhra Pradesh government initiates construction of summer storage tank worth Rs. 102 crore.

This is the roundup of important news for November 26 & 27, 2013.

Source: 
The Hindu, The Times of India, Down to Earth, Deccan Herald, The New Indian Express
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