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Sewage killing lakes, city needs a 'drain brain' 6.11.2019
Bengaluru"s lakes, among the most polluted in the world, are only getting worse. Recent data from the Karnataka Pollution Control Board shows that water quality remains very poor, while the state government and BBMP received a rap from the National Green Tribunal for making no progress on lake rejuvenation. The trouble is that the storm water drains, which empty into the lakes, carry sewage. Also, as the BBMP has failed to appoint marshals to keep watch, garbage is dumped in the lakes, making the situation even worse, reports Aksheev Thakur On November 1, the National Green Tribunal put the Karnataka government and the BBMP on the dock for failing to improve the condition of Bellandur and Varthur lakes, two of the city's most toxic spots. The  NGT even demanded with civil imprisonment should not be ordered against the officials concerned, for failing to comply with the court's earlier orders. The BBMP had been given the task of implementing measures to rejuvenate both these lakes but ...
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MSPCB moots steps for clean Elephants Falls 19.10.2019 The Shillong Times
SHILLONG: The Meghalaya State Pollution Control Board (MSPCB) has submitted an inspection report on the alleged release of sewage/effluent towards Elephant Falls from EAC Upper Shillong to the state government. The report has recommended immediate repairing of defective septic tank and setting up of pocket sewage treatment plants (STPs) in all the civilians quarters, offices, […]
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In 5 years, Clean Ganga Mission sees 15-fold hike in govt spend 8.10.2019 India – The Indian Express
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LGBI airport to get NE’s first sustainable terminal building 20.9.2019 The Assam Tribune
LGBI airport to get NE’s first sustainable terminal building
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Guwahati airport awaits ‘iconic’ building 20.9.2019 The Shillong Times
GUWAHATI: The upcoming terminal building of Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport here will be the first ‘sustainable’ terminal of the North East, the Regional Executive Director of Airports Authority of India’s Northeast region, Sanjiv Jindal, said on Thursday. The terminal building will have a sewage treatment plant, solar power, rain water harvesting units, solid waste […]
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Akbaruddin Owaisi seeks Rs 10,000 crore package for Old City 15.9.2019
Hyderabad: AIMIM Floor Leader Akbaruddin Owaisi on Saturday demanded the government allocate a Rs 10,000 crore development package for the Old City. Participating in the debate on the Budget, Mr Owaisi demanded the government strengthen the Wakf Board and set up Sewage Treatment Plants and check the mosquito menace. Speaking on the issues related to minorities and the Old City, he pointed out that the TRS government has cumulatively allocated Rs 6,589 crore in the last five years for minorities and released Rs 4,723 crore (71.68 per cent of the allocation), while the expenditure stood at only Rs 3,839 crore (58.26 per cent). The MLA pointed out that only Rs 3crores was earmarked for pre-matric scholarship. "The amount spent on minorities is not even 1 per cent of the state expenditure," Mr Owaisi said. "Even you admit that Muslims deserve 12 per cent share in all fronts. I will not demand 12 per cent share in the budget for Minorities, but would like to demand 2 per cent to 3 per cent ...
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Bengaluru: After spending Rs 5 crore, lake gets overrun by plastic 21.8.2019
Bengaluru: After spending more than Rs 5 cr on rejuvenating the nine-acre Halagevaderahalli lake in Rajarajeshwarinagar three years ago, the water body is now contaminated with plastic and release of sewage from the nearby apartments. The lake was in good condition until last year. United Conservation Movement has lambasted the authorities for neglecting the lake and demanded that the Chief Justice Abhay Shreeniwas Oka should take the issue as a sou moto case. "The authorities have failed to protect the lake. Either, they should have put up a Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) or have diverted the sewage. After spending so much they could not maintain the lakes," said Joseph Hoover, a member of United Conservation Movement. On August 14, the High Court of Karnataka had directed the state government and the BBMP to bring out a scheme to either restore the 19 disappeared lakes, including the ones used for forming layouts by the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA), or create artificial lakes. Hoover ...
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House panel nod for JNV to reopen 14.8.2019 The Shillong Times
SHILLONG: The Assembly Committee on Environment (CoE), which had closed down the Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya (JNV) at Mawphlang for non-functioning of its sewage treatment plant (STP) in June, on Tuesday decided to reopen the school with immediate effect. The Committee on Tuesday discussed at length on the measures taken by the school to make the […]
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Afroz Shah on ‘clean river’ mission in Shillong 8.8.2019 The Shillong Times
SHILLONG: Mumbai environmentalist and United Nations awardee, Afroz Shah was in Shillong to launch a cleaning drive that started with cleaning the bed of Umkaliar river which is the up-stream flow of Wah Umkhrah. The river bed in Umkaliar is ridden with enormous amount of garbage, filth, plastics, sacks, clothes. For Shah, cleaning rivers is nothing […]
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BBMP installs CCTVs at Bellandur Lake 4.8.2019

Bengaluru: The BBMP has installed CCTV surveillance systems at sensitive locations on the periphery of Bellandur Lake as per the directions of the National Green Tribunal’s (NGT).

The Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) has also started desilting the lake to rejuvenate it by constructing temporary diversion channels which will drain out water from the lake.

The channel work is going on near Doddamma Devi Temple and these temporary channels will prevent entry of sewage into the lake.  

Such temporary diversion channels will also be created soon at Varthur Lake too.

The rejuvenation of the lakes will take about 15 months and it is hoped that after the BWSSB builds a sewage treatment plant by 2020, farmers will get treated and not contaminated water.

The silt dredged out will be tested and distributed to farmers, officials said.

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Lack of rainwater harvesting system, storm water drains hits Ludhiana hard 2.8.2019 Ludhiana – The Indian Express
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Remedy for pollution of Kochi backwaters 26.7.2019
Kochi: A major cause for pollution of Kochi backwaters for long was disposal of wastes from tourist boats and vessels.  The Ernakulam District Tourism Promotion Council (DTPC) will set up a Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) at Marine Drive, the hub of tourist boat operations, where each boat operator can ecologically dispose of wastes for a fixed user fee. The initiative comes in the wake of the DTPC facilitating houseboat and sea-cruises among others to woo more tourists to the commercial capital. Kochi-based Empire Greenix Ventures Pvt Ltd, aided by the Council, on Thursday started houseboats with night stay facility.   "The STP will be set up at a cost of Rs 10 lakh and the DTPC will provide the initial fund of Rs seven lakh. The PCB will then be entrusted with its functioning. Also there will be regular checking to ensure the sewage waste from boats is not dumped into water," said DTPC secretary S Vijayakumar. Already the Pollution Control Board (PCB) has mandated the wastes should be ...
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Sewage plant inaugurated in Nizamabad 25.7.2019
Nizamabad: A new sewage treatment plant was inaugurated in Nizamabad on Wednesday. The UGD works was taken up at a cost of Rs 6 crore.   Speaking on the occasion, minister for roads, buildings, transport and legislative affairs Vemula Prashanth Reddy said, "Developmental works to the tune of Rs 300 crore have been taken up in the Nizamabad Municipal Corporation limits. After 40 years, Nizamabad city has received sufficient funds to carry out development works." The minister appreciated the collective efforts of Nizamabad urban MLA Bigala Ganesh Gupta, engineers and contractors for completing the work at the earliest. Instead of 88 acres, STP works were completed with open aeration system in 18 acres only, he said. The remaining land is being used for 2BHK houses, IT Hub, new collectorate building and gardens, the minister said.  Mr Prashanth Reddy said, "Road works at a cost of Rs 125 crore were taken up in Nizamabad out which about Rs 50 crore has already been ...
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NMCG lays stress on cleaning tributaries of Ganga 4.7.2019
Mathura: Rising in the Himalayas and flowing to the Bay of Bengal, Ganga traverses a course of more than 2,500 km through the plains of north and eastern India. Serving as one of India's holiest rivers, Ganga is joined by Ramganga, Gomti, Ghaghara, Gandak, Kosi, and Mahananda from left bank and Yamuna, Tamsa, Son and Punpun from the right bank. Ganga can't be clean unless its tributaries are clean. Under the Namami Gange programme, the government has initiated several major projects to clean Ganga and its tributaries. The Yamuna, the westernmost and the longest tributary of the Ganga, has its source in the Yamunotri glacier on the western slopes of Banderpunch range. It joins the Ganga at Prayag and holds 40.2 percent of the entire Ganges Basin. To preserve people's faith in the purity of the river, the National Mission for Clean Ganga under its Namami Gange programme has been taking significant steps towards keeping the holy waters of Yamuna clean from sewage generated in cities falling ...
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IIT-Madras team studies flats demolition 4.7.2019
Kochi: A five-member team from the Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai, on Wednesday began a field  study on the environmental impact of the demolition of five apartment complexes in Maradu here, which were constructed in violation of the Coastal Regulation Zone norms. The experts visited "H2O Holy Faith," one of the affected apartment complexes, and collected soil samples and the building structure plan. They also sought the details of the Coastal Regulation Zone classification of the area and sewage treatment plant facility. "The team asked us to submit the structure plan of the remaining four flats and the land use pattern of the area before winding up the visit that lasted an hour. They are conducting the study based on a request from the state government," said an official of the Maradu municipality. The Supreme Court on May 8 had ordered the municipality to demolish the flats within a month"s time after finding that the structures were constructed violating ...
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NGT refuses to unseal Haj House in Ghaziabad 27.6.2019 PTI: All news
NGT refuses to unseal Haj House in Ghaziabad
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Hyderabad: 50 per cent of water can be reused 22.6.2019
Hyderabad: Around 50 per cent of water which can be reused after treatment is being wasted daily basis, said water management experts. The GHMC sanctioned Rs 4,933 crore for construction of sewage treatment plants, storm water drains and sewage lines in January 2019, but millions of litres of untreated sewage is dumped in water bodies every day. Experts attribute the water crisis to the use of old toilet models, inefficient faucets, showerheads, outdoor water waste and traditional kitchen techniques. A cheap rupees 70 aerator can cut down water wastage by several litres. "When it comes to water, it is relatively cheaper than other daily necessities like electricity and people don"t think about saving it. People buy star rated electronic devices but not good quality plumbing equipment which leads to severe wastage of water," said Mr Srinivas V. of the Indian Plumbing Association. A report issued by Niti Aayog last year said that India was facing the worst water crisis in history. The ...
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Our lakes are dying, city sinking with them 20.6.2019
India is running out of water. This is no longer about dire environmental predictions about the cities dying in a decade. The crisis is now. Bengaluru's situation is worsening rapidly, our main source of water, lakes, are dying. There is talk of rejuvenation but as the Water Quality Index has shown repeatedly, these efforts have not resulted in real changes on ground - even glowing examples like Madiwala Lake continue to fall under Class D. Experts say that work has been superficial, while the real problem, have been ignored, including the main pollutant - sewage. Parastatal agencies are apathetic while the KSPCB is either toothless or complicit, say experts. Aksheev Thakur reports. Much noise is made around the rejuvenation of lakes and crores are supposedly being spent on these efforts. It makes the pitiable state of our city"s lakes and tanks somewhat baffling for it is evident, even to the layman that the situation is dire. The Water Quality Index"s data for April, released by the ...
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Mithi River to be restored in 2 years: Ramdas Kadam 16.6.2019 DNA
The minister also emphasised that with the sewer line and STP in place the perennial issue of the river getting polluted would be resolved.
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Top 20 ranking: Do you have it in you BBMP? 13.6.2019
While Bengaluru struggles to find a place even among the top 200 cities in terms of cleanliness in the Swachh Survekshan survey , the city's corporators have few suggestions to improve its ranking, other than making cosmetic changes like improving its image in the eyes of the public. When will they get down to dealing with the real issues such as poor garbage disposal and inadequate sewage treatment that are at the root of the problem? Aknisree Karthik and Aksheev Thakur report You could blame it on its rising population and increasing traffic on its roads, or even on the construction of the Namma Metro, but there is little doubt that Bengaluru is not the clean city it once was. With its garbage bins disappearing and the door-to-door collection of rubbish hardly efficient, its streets are littered with rubbish, making them an eyesore. And as untreated sewage is let into its lakes , many are dying or reporting mass fish kills. Not surprisingly, the city has performed very poorly in the Swacha ...
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