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NGT bans plastic in towns on Ganga banks 16.12.2017 India – The Indian Express
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Interlinking of rivers disastrous: Experts 16.12.2017
BENGALURU: In 2015, a task force for interlinking of rivers was constituted by the Ministry of Water Resources. But the experts not only term it unfeasible but also call it economically and socially disastrous. Terming Union Minister and former chairman of the task force committee on linking rivers, Mr Suresh Prabhu"s statement that interlinking of rivers would solve the problem of drought and flood as oversimplistic, Maj Gen (retd) S.G. Vombatkere of National Alliance of People"s Movement at a symposium organised by Environment Support Group (ESG) said on Friday that the project will lead to displacement of people and may lead to social tensions. He said, "When the government talks of interlinking, they do not mention dams as they are required at every spot to interlink rivers. Moreover, if the project fails to achieve its aim, the economic recovery will be difficult."Taking the example of Bihar which witnesses floods every year, it was highlighted that Ganga floods at ...
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Haryana NOC for IG canal repair: Nitin Gadkari 16.12.2017 DNA: India
Injecting a boosting dose in Rajasthan’s infrastructure and irrigation works, the Union minister for road transport and water resources, Nitin Gadkari laid foundation stone of ambitious Parwan Irrigation water project. He also announced the completion of Jaipur’s Ring Road project in record deadline of one year and commence civil works on Greenfield Express highway between Jaipur and Delhi, soon. “Whatever commitments I make, I fulfill,” said Gadkari as a chief guest addressing a function in Baran which was presided by the chief minister, Vasundhara Raje. Fetching water from Yamuna River to Rajasthan, restoration of Indira Gandhi Canal and uses of ethanol as a fuel for farmers were also proclaimed by the minister from the stage. He emphasised that he is working on schemes contentiously to supply water to the desert state and increase earnings of the farmers. “At the time of the partition, six rivers were divided between India and Pakistan equally. However, three rivers which India had, flow into ...
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Silt may have reduced Bhakra capacity by 15% 16.12.2017 The Tribune
Tribune News Service Chandigarh, December 15 The storage capacity of the Gobind Sagar reservoir at Bhakra Dam may have been reduced by over 15 per cent since its inception due to the continues inflow and settlement of silt over the past about seven decades. Estimating this, senior functionaries of the Bhakra Beas Management Board (BBMB) said the board had decided to undertake a silt survey to assess the levels of silt deposited on the reservoir bed over the years. A decision to de-silt the reservoir would depend upon the survey’s results. Gobind Sagar has never been de-silted so far. “We expect the survey to begin in about two months,” a senior BBMB officer said. “An external agency with the requisite expertise will execute the project, which is expected to take about three months,” he added. Over 2.27 lakh feet of the reservoir’s length would be surveyed. Silt can affect or damage the hydropower generating machinery. Gobind Sagar’s defined storage capacity is 6.229 billion cubic metres (BCM). As on ...
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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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NGT bans plastic items in towns located along banks of Ganga 15.12.2017 The Tribune

New Delhi, December 15

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Friday imposed a complete ban on plastic items like carry bags, plates and cutlery in towns located on the banks of the River Ganga like Haridwar and Rishikesh.

A Bench headed by NGT chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar also banned the sale, manufacture and storage of such items till Uttarkashi.

The Green Tribunal also imposed Rs 5,000 fine on those violating the order and said action will be taken against erring officials too.

The NGT passed the direction after noting that despite its earlier order, plastic was being used in these areas causing pollution to the river.

The Green Panel was hearing a plea of environmentalist M C Mehta. PTI

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Will use steel pipes for irrigation in place of canals: Nitin Gadkari 15.12.2017 India – The Indian Express
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NGT bans plastic items in towns located along banks of Ganga 15.12.2017 India – The Indian Express
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NGT bans sale of plastic items along Ganga belt from Haridwar up to Rishikesh 15.12.2017 DNA: Urban Tales
The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Friday announced that it would be imposing a ban on the sale, purchase and storage of plastic items such as bags, plates, spoons, etc along river Ganga in Haridwar’s Hari Ki Puri Rishikesh up to areas in Uttarkashi. As per an ANI report, a Rs 5,000 fine will be imposed on violators. On March 30, the chairperson had directed that a meeting be held after the UP government informed the Tribunal about its willingness to discuss the scenario of shifting tanneries outside Kanpur. This is contrary to the stand of the previous government, under Samajwadi Party, which had submitted through former advocate general Vijay Bahadur Singh that paucity of land and dependence of lakhs on the tannery cluster made shifting difficult. A year after assuming office, Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged his ministerial colleagues and  three chief ministers to adopt an "uncompromising mission-mode approach" to halt pollution of River Ganga. Already in January this year, the PM had directed the ...
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Mahanta urged to take up remedial measures 15.12.2017 The Assam Tribune
Mahanta urged to take up remedial measures
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Sushma takes up issue with Chinese counterpart 15.12.2017 The Assam Tribune
Sushma takes up issue with Chinese counterpart
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Making India’s Road Ahead smoother: Union Minister Nitin Gadkari lays the roadmap 15.12.2017 Free Press Journal: Business
Excerpts from the talk that Nitin Gadkari, Minister for Road Transport & Highways, Shipping and Water
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Hyacinth difficult to weed out from Srisailam reservoir 15.12.2017
KURNOOL: Spread over 20 hectares, water hyacinth weed on Srisailam reservoir have been profusely growing, throwing challenges to state engineering department to contain it. This is by far the largest growth spotted on the Srisailam reservoir since its inception. Hyacinth would only thrive in polluted waters. Srisailam is a fresh water reservoir as Krishna water that flow here is fresh. Krishna river is joined by tributaries like Tungabhadra and Handri  at Sangameshwaram. The problems of Krishna are compounded by the toxic waste remnants of tributaries, said an Environmental Engineer. He said that effluents in the Tungabhadra river and Handri river down stream caused this probled. The city surroundings of Kurnool with highly polluting industries on the banks of Tungabhadra are the immediate cause of the disaster at Srisailam fresh water, it is learnt. Environmentalists say that   the vast stretch of  green carpet on the backwaters of Srisailam was hitherto unknown. The water that is ...
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Ken-Betwa river-linking project: Two phases to be clubbed 15.12.2017 India – The Indian Express
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Contamination of Siang river in Arunachal a matter of concern: MEA 15.12.2017 India – The Indian Express
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Is China behind the Brahmaputra turning black? 15.12.2017
On March 1, 2012, the Siang river went dry at Pasighat, the headquarters of Arunachal Pradesh"s East Siang district, on the Chinese border. Three years earlier, on June 9, 2009, the same town of Pasighat saw floods like never before. The Siang was in spate and the floodwaters rose up to 30 metres, submerging almost the entire town. And now, the same Siang river is full of slag, making its water so turbid that the authorities in the frontier state have declared it unfit for human consumption after tests in laboratories. The impact is also being felt on aquatic life with fishes dying or disappearing, perhaps into clearer waters somewhere. It"s a good time to find out what"s going on in the Siang, and whodunnit! We"re talking about the Siang because it originates in the Tibetan Himalayas as the Yarlung Tsangbo, enters Arunachal Pradesh at the "great bend", flows down into the Assam plains as the Brahmaputra and empties into the Bay of Bengal via Bangladesh, where it flows ...
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Centre to hold meet on river water row 15.12.2017 The Tribune

Ravi S Singh

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 14

The Centre will convene a meeting of chief ministers of Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan soon to find out an amicable solution to the long-pending dispute on sharing of river waters among them.

The sharing of waters between Punjab and Haryana and the festering issue of the construction of Sutlej-Yamuna Link (SYL) Canal, however, will be a key element during the meeting. The meeting will be presided over by Union Water Resources Minister Nitin Gadkari.

Water Resources Secretary UP Singh said, “Water is a state subject. The ministry can only play the role of a facilitator between states in settling disputes,” he added.

Meanwhile, the ministry has prepared a fresh draft of a Bill to amend the Inter-State Water Disputes Act. It will soon be submitted to the Union Cabinet for clearance. The proposed amendments include making a permanent “tribunal” to settle disputes referred to it within a stipulated time.

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Time to declare Ram Setu as national monument: Kalyanaraman 15.12.2017
Chennai: "The American science channel has stated what we have been saying all these years; in fact, it has only reiterated what our scriptures, what Ramayana, had said ages ago. Now that the US science channel has reaffirmed that Ram Setu is man-made, the Centre should brook no further delay and declare it as National Monument". That was Dr S. Kalyanaraman, the president of the Rameswaram Ram Sethu Protection Movement, one of the petitioners before the Supreme Court praying for halt of the Sethusamudram Ship Canal Project (SSCP). The Apex Court had on September 14 in 2007 stayed the project and the stay is still operational. "Declaring Ram Setu as National Monument would prevent future attempts to destroy the monument. This is the significance of this Discovery Channel report now", said Dr Kalyanaraman, whose movement had organized one of the biggest rallies ever, at Rohini Park in New Delhi on 31 December 2007, for a public demand for declaration of Ram Setu as a National ...
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Vaigai water reaches Big Tank 14.12.2017 Hindu: Tamil Nadu
Ramnad gets water after a gap of two years
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