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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 The state government had also withdrawn permission for the plant as the Wetland Protection Committee approa-ched High Court in 2013.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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NC leader flays NGT directions on yatra 17.12.2017 The Tribune
Tribune News Service Jammu, December 16 Terming the clarification of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) over its controversial order on the Amarnath yatra in the Himalayas intrusive on the religious affairs, National Conference provincial president Devender Singh Rana said directions of any kind on the matter of faith were unacceptable. “The directive about maintaining silence before the holy Shivlingam in the sanctum sanctorum betrays logic as outpouring of religious hymns (mantras) during the course of darshan is a natural manifestation of sentiments and therefore the mouths cannot be ordered to be shut or stitched,” Rana said in a statement here. He said a slew of measures had already been taken by the Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board in consonance with the spiritual and emotional aspects of the pilgrimage besides keeping in view the sentiments and emotions of devotees. He hoped that these issues would be left to the sane counselling of religious and spiritual scholars under the aegis of the board. Rana ...
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Noise level at Lucky restaurant junction hits twice legal limit 17.12.2017 DNA: Money
If you happen to frequently pass the Bandra junction on SV Road, chances are that your health is being impacted due to the high decibel levels from the traffic noise. The permissible noise levels as per Central Pollution Control Board for residential area is 55dB during day and 45dB during night. The impact of the traffic noise at the junction can be understood from the noise levels measured for 30 minutes which ranged between 90dB to 107.5dB. Convenor of Awaaz Foundation and anti-noise pollution activist Sumaira Abdulali recorded the noise at the junction of Hill Road and SV Road, near Lucky restaurant on Friday. "I was getting the readings of 100db and 103dB of the traffic noise mainly from the honking and suddenly I found that a motorcycle horn produced 107.8dB, which was extremely loud and such kind of pressure horns have been banned but are yet being used by vehicles," she said adding that being exposed to such high level of decibels was extremely unhealthy for pedestrians, motorists and those ...
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Why is the Aarey forest land in Mumbai in the news? 16.12.2017 Hindu: News
The battle over Mumbai's green lung - the 1,300 hectare Aarey forest land in the city's northern suburb, Goregaon - continues. The Maharashtra government is adamant on providing a part of this ecologi...
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Cong govt in Meghalaya works  for mining mafias: Modi 16.12.2017 The Shillong Times
  SHILLONG: Prime Minister, Narendra Modi on Saturday slammed the Congress-led Meghalaya Government alleging that State Government had been working for not for the people but for `mining mafias’. Speaking at the BJP’s ‘Rally for Change’ in Polo ground here, Modi, however, remained mum   on the lifting of NGT ban on coal mining in the state. He […]
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Conduct activities for pollution awareness: Delhi govt to schools 16.12.2017 Delhi – The Indian Express
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NGT rejects plea to exempt two-wheelers from odd-even 16.12.2017 The Asian Age | Home
DTC directed to introduce more buses in fleet.
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NGT bans plastic in towns on Ganga banks 16.12.2017 India – The Indian Express
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Air quality plummets, close to becoming 'very poor' 16.12.2017 DNA: India
A cold wave prevailed in the Capital for the second consecutive day on Friday with the air quality plummeting from Thursday's 265 units to 272 units. While the air quality is still in 'poor' category, it is close to reaching 'very poor' (300 units). While scientists at the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) said the air quality will fluctuate between 'poor and moderate', a further drop in temperature is likely over the coming fortnight. The maximum temperature on Friday was recorded at 19.5 degrees Celsius, a few notches above yesterday's 19.1 degrees Celsius, the lowest maximum the season has witnessed. "There will be shallow to dense fog with slight drop in temperature. Winds from the northern region are bringing the cold wave. The air quality may improve with more winds," said a CPCB official. The AQI units are measured against PM 2.5 — the most prominent pollutant in Delhi-NCR. After a brief respite on December 6 and 7, which were tagged as "good air days" in the month, pollution levels spiked ...
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Coal burying Goa: State House resolves to crack down on coal dust pollution 16.12.2017 Front Page – The Indian Express
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NGT bans plastic in Haridwar, Rishikesh 16.12.2017 The Tribune

New Delhi, December 15

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) today reiterated its 2015 order banning the use, sale, manufacturing and storage of plastic items in the pilgrimage towns of Haridwar and Rishikesh. The tribunal ordered a fine of Rs 5,000 on the 

violators. The ban has been imposed on plastic items used in any form such as polybags, and items used for serving or packing food.

In July and December 2015, the Bench headed by NGT chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar had expressed displeasure at the pathetic state of affairs on the banks of the Ganga and had reprimanded the civic authorities.  The National Green Tribunal then passed a slew of orders to make the river pollution-free. However, the use of plastic items continued. The National Green Tribunal’s earlier directions were also aimed at making the Ganga pollution-free, thereby allowing devotees to take a dip and collect clean water from the river. — IANS

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Guv: Make Parwanoo a model in cleanliness 16.12.2017 The Tribune
Tribune News Service Solan, December 15 Governor Acharya Devvrat today urged investors in Parwanoo to work towards making their area a model in cleanliness and stressed the need to address the issue of solid waste management. Addressing members of the Parwanoo Industries Association during a cleanliness drive organised by them, the Governor said the state offered bountiful beauty, but it had been besmirched by pollution. He said human beings were insensitive towards environment which was appalling despite being counted among the most intelligent creatures. He lauded the efforts of the association in organising this programme and said the bordering areas of the state had witnessed rapid industrialisation. This had strengthened the state’s economy and the youth had secured employment opportunities. He said the association’s cleanliness drive would inspire other industry associations in the state to undertake similar such drives in their respective areas. He said a permanent solution should be chalked out ...
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Government And National Green Tribunal’s Order 16.12.2017 Commentary – The Navhind Times
PACHU MENON,   MARGAO That the state government is weighing options to get around the National Green Tribunal’s CRZ stricture comes as further proof that court orders and guidelines by regulatory bodies will never be applied in toto and are open to debates with timely changes sought in the restrictions recommended. The Supreme Court order on ...
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