16 March 2011

Adivasi's march into Mumbai seeking recognition of community rights over forest under Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of rights) Act 2006
Project to supply water to Mumbai stalled by Project Affected persons because of lack of proper compensation
Civil society demands greater transparency of Group of Ministers meetings on permitting mining in forests: Demand for public consultations made to ensure transparent and democratic decision making
High Court refuses to stay MoEF order against Nirma construction on wetland - Nirma to move Supreme Court seeking relief
Nuclear disaster in Fukushima strengthens opposition against Jaitapur Nuclear Power Project (JNPP) in Ratnagiri
Strike by Safai Karamcharis of Allahabad Municipal Corporation cause hygiene and sanitation problems
Jairam Ramesh acknowledges conflict of interest in regulating India's nuclear industry - Nuclear Power Corporation of India (NCPIL) and Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) both under Department of Atomic Energy
Karnataka begins first Multi-village Water Supply Scheme: Scheme involves setting up vented dams on rivers and installation of pipes to supply water
Central Groundwater Board chalks out plan to help Mizoram out of water crisis: Plan includes rainwater harvesting
Water supply and sanitation key election issues for villages as Assam goes to the polls

15 March 2011

Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) wants MoEF to change 'no-go' areas to 'go' areas - Permitting mining in forest areas benefits companies like Reliance Power, Essar and Hindalco while destroying virgin forests of Hasdev Arand in Chhattisgarh
Bangalore city's 14 sewage treatment plant underutilised - City generates 1000 million litres of sewage daily of which 300 mld is collected and treated - No demand for treated water
Nirma contests MoEF order stopping construction of cement Plant in Bhavanagar
Clearance to nuclear power plant at Jaitapur may be reviewed - Possibility of more safety additions to proposed plant
MoEF warns Nirma that dereliction can be added to list of environmental charges if Nirma ignores MoEF order to stop construction of cement plant at Mahuva
National Advisory Council differentiates roles of MoEF and Tribal Affairs Ministry to ensure better implementation of Forest Rights Act rules properly - MoEF responsible for determining wildlife habitats

14 March 2011

Open wells play a major role : Article by S Vishwanath in The Hindu
Just a pipe dream - Irrigation is anything but accelerated under AIBP - Outlook Magazine
Policy and strict action needed : Groundwater should be managed as a community resource
Do we have the right institutions to manage water? Commoditised and privatised with no control or regulation