User: divya_rrs Topic: Bangalore
Category: Air Quality
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HC puts rider on BMTC's bus purchase 6.5.2016 TOI: Bangalore Times
The Karnataka High Court on Thursday directed the BMTC to take the court into confidence before adding new diesel engine buses to its fleet.
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Take us into confidence before buying diesel buses, HC tells BMTC 5.5.2016 deccanherald.com
The High Court on Thursday directed the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) to take the court into confidence before finalising the purchase of any new diesel engine buses. The vacation bench comprising Justices Anand Byrareddy and Ravi Malimath passed an order on the interlocutory application (IA) filed in a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) seeking directions to convert all buses run by KSRTC and BMTCto CNG (compressed natural gas) and LPG ( liquid petroleum gas) within a timeframe fixed by the court. The IA was filed following a report published in Deccan Herald on the state government permitting BMTC to raise a loan to buy 1,000 new diesel buses. The state government in the previous hearing had stated that it is planning to convert all the buses into CNG in a phased manner. A division bench hearing the PIL had granted three weeks time to file objections. The petitioner, advocate Vinay Shivanand Naik has contended that due to the increasing air pollution, 36 % of Bengaluru's children ...
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Bengaluru more sustainable than Mumbai, finds study 3.5.2016 Hindu: Cities
Was based onthree parameters: economic, socialand environment
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E-autos to the rescue of pollution-choked Bengaluru 2.5.2016 deccanherald.com
With a steady rise in the air pollution in Bengaluru due to the overwhelming number of vehicles on the streets, the need for eco-friendly transport has only increased. Public transport (especially autorickshaws, which number close to 1.5 lakh in the city) contributes heavily to the rising levels of pollution. So, the government is looking at reducing the carbon footprint left behind by the thousands of automobiles on the road. And, electric vehicles may lend a hand to this effort. The e-rickshaw has been seen in cities such as Delhi and Lucknow as an alternative to their loud, gas-dependent counterparts. Closer home, Bengaluru-based company, RJMS - EV Pvt Ltd, tries to address pollution concerns with their electric-powered autorickshaws. The company aims at an affordable solution to Bengaluru's pollution problem as it retrofit the existing vehicles with electric motors and solar panels, rather than manufacture new autos altogether. The autos, called EleRics, are noiseless, zero-emission vehicles that run ...
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Farming with waste water a health hazard 30.4.2016 deccanherald.com
Polluted air and water might be Bengaluru's bane, but vegetables grown on farms irrigated with contaminated water have given it a hazardous twist. Interactions with farmers, retailers and consumers indicate that a big chunk of vegetables arriving in markets across the City might show chemical contamination if tested. Puroshottam Gowda, a farmer from Ballari opines that the share of such vegetables could be as high as 75%. "Most of the vegetables are grown near Kengeri and surrounding areas. The farmers grow greens, tomato, cabbage and other vegetables using water from a sewage treatment plant. The water is supposed to be purified but at most places, the plants do not work. This is unfortunate." However, RV Gopi, President, Wholesale Vegetables and Fruits Traders Merchant Association, does not agree. According to him, drainage water was earlier being used by vegetable growers in Kengeri, Gollahalli and Varthur. But now, says he, most of the farmers have stopped vegetable farming there due to encroachment ...
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Delhi’s air worst amongst metros 29.4.2016 TOI: India
The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) data on the national air quality index (NAQI) shows that Delhi has more months of bad air as compared to Mumbai, Bengaluru and Chennai. Cities where air quality is as bad as Delhi include Kanpur, Varanasi and others along the Indo-Gangetic plains and that is largely because of higher emissions from industries, brick kilns and others.
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Sarjapur Road wetlands affected by realty projects; Manual scavenging, the killing curse; Journalism Workshop for Teens 28.4.2016 Citizen Matters

In this edition: 870-unit realty project helping kill lake wetlands off Sarjapura Road; In 21st century Bengaluru, men still die cleaning manholes; Why we don’t know what ails Bengaluru and more...

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Why we don't know what diseases affect Bangaloreans 25.4.2016 Citizen Matters

Little data is available on what ails Bengalureans. But the available data on cancer, shows increased lung cancer due to air pollution. Nobody knows what other factors are affecting the health of Bengalureans.

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Beware! Peak pollution levels for four Indian cities, including Delhi: 7 am 22.4.2016 Zee News : Science and Technology
Mornings were the worst time, with PM 2.5 levels reaching as high as 108.16 µg/m3 at 7 am in Delhi.
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Not a good morning: Air pollution is the worst in four Indian cities at around 7 am 22.4.2016 FirstPost: India

Mornings experience the worst air pollution in four Indian cities, according to an analysis of particulate matter.

The post Not a good morning: Air pollution is the worst in four Indian cities at around 7 am appeared first on Firstpost.

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7 am: Peak pollution levels In four cities 22.4.2016 New Kerala: India News
If you think mornings are the best time for outdoor exercise, you're wrong.
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Property Tax Guide 2016-17; Alternatives to sanitary napkins; Journo Workshop for Young People 21.4.2016 Citizen Matters

What is life like for a garment worker? Are there any alternatives to sanitary napkins? Is there someone looking out for our disappearing lakes? All this and more. Also, check out our new summer workshop in journalism for young citizens. 

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No studies, no data: air pollution continues to haunt Bengaluru 21.4.2016 Citizen Matters

Anecdotes and basic studies show air pollution causes lung diseases in Bengaluru. But, nobody is collecting the data that can support strong measures to curb pollution.

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India’s pollution in 5 charts 21.4.2016 TOI: India
Here’s a look at how India’s biggest metros fare on pollution and on combating it. While Delhi is the most polluted city among the metros, it monitors air pollution most comprehensively. Bangalore has seen the steepest rise in number of vehicles. And even today, majority in our cities walk, cycle or use public transport.
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Railway electrification between Bengaluru, Mysuru will be over before December 21.4.2016 Mysore - City - The Times of India
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Comply with green clearance terms, government tells MRPL 20.4.2016 deccanherald.com
The state government on Wednesday directed Mangalore Refineries and Petrochemicals Ltd (MRPL) to take measures to comply with environmental clearance conditions within a stipulated time. The Commerce and Industries department in an order, has directed the MRPL to acquire necessary land between the MRPL and the affected Jokatte village for the development of a green belt and buffer zone. The company has also been asked to immediately stop storage of sulphur in an open yard and provide a covered shed for this purpose before June, 2017, the order stated. The residents of Jokatte village and the surrounding areas had been complaining suspension of black dust powder, leading to water and air pollution. The government had in September last year set up a committee under the chairmanship of the deputy commissioner of Dakshina Kannada district to look into the matter. The Karnataka State Pollution Control Board had also formed a separate technical committee to examine the complaint. Both the committees had ...
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Four CNG Stations Ready, But no Takers Yet for Green Fuel 16.4.2016 newindianexpress.com
BMTC reneges on its commitment; GAIL Gas Ltd trying to convince taxi aggregators to switch to CNG.
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Startups offer free rides,bonus for phase 2 of odd-even scheme 14.4.2016 deccanherald.com
With the second phase of odd-even scheme set to be rolled out from tomorrow, ride-sharing apps like 360Ride and Rapido are lining up free rides and scaling up operations to handle higher demand from consumers. The odd-even scheme was implemented on an experimental basis from January 1 to January 15 in view of high air pollution in the national capital. The second phase will commence on April 15. Bike taxi operator Rapido said it will offer free rides to people travelling to and from some of the metro stations like HauzKhaz and Malviya Nagar during April 15-30. Bengaluru-based startup 360Ride, which offers a ride-sharing platform for personal vehicle owners, said it will incentivise people using its platform with commuters earning up to Rs 1,200 by sharing their ride on four-wheelers and Rs 600 on two-wheelers. "The odd-even mandate signalled the need to reduce traffic congestion in the country. The Ride and Earn programme aims to promote ride sharing in the city, thereby reducing the dual problem of ...
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India has more environmental conflicts than any other country 14.4.2016 FirstPost: India

There are more environmental conflicts in India than any other country, and more clashes are over water (27%) than any other cause

The post India has more environmental conflicts than any other country appeared first on Firstpost.

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Uber, Ola face off in battle for India’s booming taxi market 31.3.2016 Asian Age: India
Commuters walk past a parked Ola cab in Kolkata. (Photo: AP) Aiming to wrest control of India’s booming taxi market, two cab-hailing smartphone apps — Uber and Ola — are promising hundreds of millions in new investment while also facing off with one another in court. San Francisco-based Uber reportedly plans a $500 million infusion of new funds, apart from the $1 billion already committed over the past nine months, according to Indian newspapers. The company declined this week to comment on those reports. Meanwhile, Ola Cabs promises to add another 2,000 cars to the fleet of 26,000 it already commands in New Delhi, chief spokesman Anand Subramanian said. But it’s the ongoing legal wrangles between the two — with each accusing the other of behaving unethically — that have drawn focus to the struggle for India’s $9 billion taxi industry and future growth possibilities in a country with an urban population of 400 million people but few options in safe, convenient public transportation. This month, Uber ...
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