Water flows freely in Kejriwal's Delhi

Kejriwal frees water in Delhi

Promises to supply 20 kilolitres of free water per month to each household in Delhi but with a 10% hike in tariff for those consuming over 20 kilolitres water. However, CAG reports that raw water available in the capital not enough to meet potable water demands.

MoEF lifts green nod for small riverbed sand mining projects

Environment ministry announces no requirement for seeking environmental clearances for riverbed sand mining projects with areas less than five hectares.

Jairam Ramesh accuses Gujarat and UP of not spending Centre's funds

The Rural Development Minister points finger at governments of both Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh for failing to spend money given under the Integrated Watershed Management Programme.

24% urban slums benefited through the welfare schemes : NSSO

Over 30% urban slums across the country devoid of toilets or drainage facilities, despite funds being made available under different welfare schemes, says a recent report by NSSO.

Govt likely to clear rivers inter-linking project

Centre set to give approval to Ken-Betwa river linking project, one of the 30 river inter-linking projects proposed across the country, .

Chennai's water supply projects get govt's nod

Centre approves 10 new water supply projects, worth Rs. 271 crore for Chennai city.

Panel clears Simang I & II hydel projects

The Expert Appraisal Committee has given environmental clearance to the two hydropower projects in Siang river valley in Arunachal Pradesh.

Ludhiana reels under acute groundwater crisis

Environmental as well as civic bodies in Ludhiana get into action to keep a check on  extraction of groundwater that is declining at the speed of 1.08 meters every year.

Nellore farmers against diverting Kandaleru water to outside projects

Farmers' community in Nellore district, Andhra Pradesh, strongly objects to allocation of water from Kandaleru reservoir to the Chittoor drinking and irrigation project and the Pepsi Co unit coming up at Sri City industrial hub.

Leakage beneath regulator-cum-bridge creates acute water shortage

Leakage at Kerala's longest regulator-cum-bridge across Bharathapuzha in Malappuram district has affected farming activities, drift irrigation projects and the drinking water sources in the region.

'Conversion of wetland into airport to have serious implications'

Kerala State Biodiversity Board categorises the land identified for constructing Aranmula airport project in Pathanamthitta district as a biodiversity-rich area. 

Board misses out on NCR lakes in the draft plan

The draft regional plan 2021 mentions just 12 lakes in the National Capital Region, whereas thousands of water bodies exist in the region according to MoEF.

Lack of food affects bird migration to Man Sagar Lake

Number of birds migrating to Man Sagar Lake in Jaipur have reduced owing to less aquatic vegetation in the lake. 

India's efforts to conserve whale shark

Whale Shark Conservation Project team along with the fishing community have successfully satellite-tagged a female whale shark in Junagadh district, Gujarat. The tagging will help develop effective conservation plan for the world's biggest fish.

This is the roundup of important news from December 31, 2013 to January 2, 2014.

Source: 
The Hindu, The Times of India, Down to Earth, Zee News, The Economic Times, DNA, Press Information Bureau
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