River activist on indefinite fast in Bihar

River activist sits on indefinite fast in Bihar

Shashi Shekhar has been started his indefinite hunger strike on December 10 in Sitarmarhi district of Bihar protesting against construction of embankments along Adhwara group of rivers. His demands include revival of Lakhandei river.

Govt to support nine states in treating water using solar energy

Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation to undertake the project worth Rs. 553.26 crore for installation of solar energy based dual pump piped water supply schemes in 10,000 rural habitations across nine states.

NGT raises hope of POSCO protesters

National Green Tribunal questions MoEF for granting two-stage forest clearance to the proposed steel project of POSCO in Odisha.

Manage all natural resources, not just water: Report

The interim report of Ganga River Basin Management Plan recommends recognition of water's link to soil, its nutrients and biotic resources.

Govt lays down timeline for potable water supply

Plans to provide tap water supply to 50% and 90% of rural households by 2017 and 2022, respectively.

Karnataka and Andhra assure to act for Palar's revival

Both states ready to help curb water woes of Vellore district in Tamil Nadu by taking necesary actions for restoration of Palar river.

Punjab govt takes a major step towards groundwater conservation

Orders all water consuming industries in the state to install water recycling equipments by December 2014.

Odisha industries unwilling to pay their water cess

Water cess of Rs. 822 crore pending against major industries in the state, informs Odisha CM.

Environmentalists to challenge diversion of land for sewage system to builders 

Vidarbha Environmental Action Group to raise a petition before National Green Tribunal against Nagpur authorities planning to change the use of 464 acres of sewage land for residential schemes.

Villagers protest against proposed asbestos factory in Bihar

Around 10,000 villagers of Vaishali district in Bihar file a petition to Bihar Pollution Control Board seeking disapproval to the West Bengal's asbestos factory in the area.

NGT comes to the rescue of Sal river

Issues notices to PWD, forest department and Goa government for carrying out construction of the Nuvem bypass along the river banks.

Authorities impose restriction on the movement of Bandipora civilians

Action taken due to the ongoing protests seeking higher compensation for the land acquired acquired to construct Kishenganga dam in north Kashmir. 

NGT wraps UP govt over Okhla bird sanctuary issue

Terms state government's conduct unfortunate for failing to fix the limits of eco-sensitive zone around the Okhla bird sanctuary despite given ample time for it.

Hyderbad authority gets notice on illegal dumping

Andhra Pradesh Pollution Control Board issues notice to Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority for not complying with norms while dumping the dredged material from Hussainsagar lake.

This is the roundup of important news for December 16 & 17, 2013.

Source: 
The Hindu, The Times of India, Down to Earth, Toxic Watch Alliance, Press Information Bureau, The New Indian Express
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