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LG directs city agencies to finish solid waste management in 16 months 19.12.2017 The Tribune
Tribune News Service New Delhi, December 18 Lt Governor Anil Baijal today directed the city agencies to complete management of municipal solid waste within 16 months asking Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash to finalise a plan for the same. Baijal also directed the three corporations to ensure that no methane fires occur at the three landfill sites and for this, they should take help of experts of the Union Ministry of Science and Technology and India Institute of Technology, Delhi. The Lt Governor was reviewing the detailed action plan of various agencies/stakeholders on measures to combat air pollution. “The Lt. Governor directed the Principal Commissioner (Urban Development) of the Delhi Government and Commissioners of three municipal corporations to rework their action plan keeping in mind 100 per cent management of solid waste, including biodegradable components as well as construction and demolition waste,” read a statement issued by the Raj Niwas this evening. “The plan should cover a timeframe not ...
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Govt mulling use of anti-smog guns to reduce pollution 19.12.2017 Hindu: Delhi
L-G informed during meet to review detailed action plan to combat air pollution
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‘Submit detailed action plan for phase II of Yamuna cleaning project’ 19.12.2017 Hindu: News
NGT tells DJB to place report before principal panel in 2 weeks
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A lifeline for vintage cars 19.12.2017 Hindu: News
NGT allows cars over 50 years old on the road for rallies and exhibitions
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City’s pollution level increasing: Report 19.12.2017 The Tribune
Tribune News Service Chandigarh, December 18 Pollution level of the city has been increasing as per the data released by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) recently. As per the report, the annual average level of fine particulate matter pollution in Chandigarh was more than three times the permissible limits. The data shows that residents were exposed to higher levels of PM 2.5 pollution in 2016. The level has been much higher than the level recorded in Delhi. As per the report, the annual average level of fine particulate matter pollution in Chandigarh was more than three times the permissible limits. While the permissible limit is 40 µg/m3, it was recorded at 123µg/m3 in 2016 in Chandigarh and 118 µg/m3 in Delhi. An officer of the Chandigarh Pollution Control Board said burning of stubble was the main reason for the pollution. He said the level witnessed surge in 2017 also as city residents continue to grapple with high level of particulate matters in the air. The particulate matter (PM2.5) was ...
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Garbage processing plant gets another show-cause notice 19.12.2017 The Tribune
Tribune News Service Chandigarh, December 18 The Chandigarh Pollution Control Committee (CPCC) has issued a show-cause notice to the JP garbage processing plant at Dadu Majra after a team of experts found various violations of environmental, air and water Acts during the inspection carried out recently. The plant has been served the notice for the second time by the committee after the first show-cause notice to the plant was issued in July 2017 for violations of rules. It has given 15 days’ time for the plant management to reply to the notice which asked the management as why the authorities should not act against the plant and legal action may not be initiated against them for the violations. The notice has been served after the committee appointed by the National Green Tribunal of the CPCC found many irregularities and shortcomings related to the functioning of the plant. Sources said the team found that the effluent treatment plant (ETP) was not working properly. The notice said air pollution control ...
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‘No plan to explore for gas in Cauvery basin’ 19.12.2017 Hindu: News
Local people opposed move: Pradhan
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Vintage cars can ply on road for rallies, exhibitions: NGT 18.12.2017 Hindu: Delhi
‘Owners should contribute towards environment conservation’
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‘Fly ash is harming creek ecology’ 18.12.2017 Hindu: News
Estuarine ecosystem, water, fish and plants will suffer if degradation continues, says report
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NGT orders on Amarnath yatra draw flak 18.12.2017 The Tribune
Tribune News Service Jammu, December 17 That the National Green Tribunal (NGT) had to withdraw its directive of declaring the Amarnath cave shrine a silent zone draws attention to the fact that its observations were not without flaws. The people in Jammu and elsewhere are outraged at what they term “interference” in the matter of faith by the NGT. Jammu’s political and religious groups are angry over this. So much so that National Conference’s provincial president Devender Singh Rana has minced no words in calling it an “intrusion into the faith of the Hindus”. He has urged Governor NN Vohra, who is the chairman of the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board, to take up the matter strongly with the NGT and get all hindrances in the pilgrims’ progress removed. The pilgrimage attracts three to four lakh people every year. They come from all parts of the country and brave forbidding Himalayan heights and vagaries of weather to climb up to the shrine. “Every year, I make a journey up to the shrine and there is ...
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Salman Khan set to push Nitin Gadkari's e-cycles drive 17.12.2017 DNA: India
You could soon see Bollywood superstar Salman Khan pedalling on the newly-built cycle track on the Delhi-Meerut Expressway, promoting a healthy lifestyle as the brand ambassador of the government's initiative to popularise e-cycles.  Modi cabinet's 'go-getter' minister Nitin Gadkari, a passionate advocate for electric vehicles, said the government wants to encourage cycling as a healthy mode of transportation.  An e-cycle, which comes equipped with a small electric motor, can be used to cover greater distances than plain bicycles.  "Salman Khan has discussed the issue with me. He is also looking into the aspects of manufacturing e-cycles. It will create huge awareness among the masses," the road transport and highways minister told PTI.  The 'Being Human Foundation' of Salman Khan, an avid cycler himself, is in talks with e-cycle manufacturers for a tie-up, sources said.  The minister said some two to three years back when he started talking about environment-friendly fuel, people thought he was nuts, ...
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Assam man pedals floating cycle made from bamboo to clear Thames of plastic 17.12.2017 News
He cycled 150 miles from Lechlade, Gloucestershire to Tower Bridge near London for 9 days and collected two baskets full of litter.
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Why PM Modi is talking infrastructure and development in Meghalaya 17.12.2017 Opinion – The Indian Express
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Meghalaya scams irk PM 17.12.2017 The Shillong Times
SHILLONG: Targeting the Congress ahead of the Assembly polls, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has alleged that the Meghalaya Government does not work for the people but for “mining mafia” and deplored that recurring scams had plagued the state and its governance. Speaking at the party’s rally at Polo Grounds on Saturday, Modi, however, remained mum […]
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Kozhikode in need of sewage plant 17.12.2017
KOZHIKODE: If the city fails to act in tune with several court orders and directions from State Pollution Control Board (SPCB) on setting up a Sewage and Septage Treatment Plant (STP), the water bodies in and around the city will continue to be polluted with septic tank waste, according to environmental and developmental activists. The septic tanks of the city when got filled have been pumped out into tankers, which has been later drained out to water bodies and isolated spots.  The drinking water sources and drinking water from Kerala Water Authority supply network have high coliform bacteria presence. It is to be recalled that the South Zone bench of the National Green Tribunal, Chennai had stayed the construction of the sewage treatment plant in 18.5 acres land at Kottooli. The state government had also withdrawn permission for the plant as the Wetland Protection Committee approa-ched High Court in 2013.  Later there were attempts to relocate the STP to the 2.6 acre land of Kerala Water ...
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NGT upset by Agara lake buffer zone violations 17.12.2017

Bengaluru: The National Green Tribunal (NGT), New Delhi on Saturday served notices to the BBMP and Bescom for violating its May 2016 order on lake buffer zones after the counsel for Namma Bengaluru Foundation (NBF) told the bench that new constructions are coming up around the lake and approval for these constructions were issued by the BBMP and Bescom. The NGT posted the matter for next hearing on Jan 4, 2018.

As per the guidelines issued by the NGT, no construction should be undertaken in the buffer zone, which is 75 metres from the lake boundary. However, the wetlands of the Agara-Bellandur have been encroached by powerful builders, the counsel argued.

The NBF supported by Forward Foundation had filed the application before the NGT, alleging encroachment in the eco-sensitive zone between Agara and Bellandur Lake, after which the tribunal in May 2016 had ordered the illegal structures in the wetlands be demolished. 

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Staff crunch ups pollution woes 17.12.2017 DNA: Urban Tales
Delhiites may be suffering from pollution but what's surprising to note is that there are only 19 pollution inspectors doubling up as RTI, vigilance and Motor Vehicle (MV) inspectors to check the over 971 Pollution Under Control (PUC) test centres across the city which cater to over one crore registered vehicles. Officials say the Delhi government has not made any new recruitments for these posts in almost a decade. Despite the Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP government, strongly coming out against the recent pollution problems in the Capital, calling the city a "gas chamber" they also have not done much to fill these posts so far. Pollution inspectors are the need of the hour especially in Delhi where vehicular pollution counts for 20 per cent of the city's toxic air. But so far in Delhi government's transport department, out of the 38 sanctioned posts of Pollution Level Test Inspectors (PLTIs), only 19 have been filled. The number of filled posts has remained the same for years while the levels of pollution ...
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Civic body likely to move green panel against JITF 17.12.2017 The Tribune
Tribune News Service Bathinda, December 16 The Municipal Corporation Bathinda (MCB) is likely to move the National Green Tribunal (NGT) against JITF Urban Waste Management Limited after it warned the civic body of suspending door-to-door garbage collection in the city and 19 municipal councils from January 1.  The civic body is planning to stop tipping fee payment to the firm.  MCB officials claim that they have written to the company, seeking 2-3 months to find an alternative. They said if the firm did not reply in 2-3 days, they would have to file an appeal against it in the NGT. The MCB claims that if the company did not roll back its decision, it will affect the city's ranking in the Swachta Survey-2018 beginning January 4. MCB Commissioner Sanyam Aggarwal has presented his views to the Local Bodies Department Chief Secretary and sought a strict action against the firm. He also sought the state government's intervention to resolve the issue. In 2011, the MCB had signed a 25-year service pact with the ...
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JITF to install 8-MW power plant in city 17.12.2017 The Tribune
Tribune News Service Bathinda, December 16 Jindal Infrastructure Limited (JITF) company will install a power plant of 8 megawatt at the solid waste treatment plant here. It will be the first plant in the state that will generate energy from garbage. The solid waste treatment plant was constructed at an initial cost of Rs 30 crore here. The objective of the plant was to treat garbage from the city and 18 nearby cities as well, besides producing organic fertiliser and RDF from the waste. The JITF company had proposed that it would set up a plant for generating energy in the second phase. The Municipal Corporation (MC) had signed an agreement with the JITF company to run the plant. But after its completion, residents demanded the shifting of the plant from the residential area. Several protest by them created hurdles for the company to operate the plant freely. The quality of the RDF produced by the plant was not good. The plant turned out to be a loss-making entity. Then, a series of objections cropped up ...
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Mayor thinks well to clear waste backlog 17.12.2017 The Tribune
Tribune News Service Chandigarh, December 16 With Dadu Majra-based Jaypee’s waste-processing plant having failed to clear a huge backlog of garbage kept there, Mayor Asha Kumari Jaswal has come up with a new plan. After exhausting all its efforts with the firm, which has also failed to follow the National Green Tribunal’s (NGT) guidelines, Jaswal has taken to the traditional practice of digging a well and disposing of waste in it.       “I have asked the MC’s medical officer of health (MoH) to dig a well at the back of the dumping ground and put the waste kept at the plant into that. After covering the well with soil, we will beautify the area by planting saplings on it. Following this, the plant will be able to process the city’s complete waste and only inert (the waste residue) will be dumped in the ground. Inert produces no foul smell,” the Mayor said. “I yesterday visited the site and got a major area of the dumping ground levelled. Besides, medicine was sprayed to ward off smell affecting the local ...
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