Weekly environmental news roundup from across different media networks for week 36 (starting September 5), 2011.
1. Experts suggest upping parking rates, slashing free parking to de-congest Delhi
“Can you buy a house without paying for it?” asks Indian Institute of Technology professor Dinesh Mohan talking about the “subsidy” being offered to private vehicle owners for parking their vehicles in the Capital.
2. Rain, waterlogging, falling trees lead to traffic snarls across city
The monsoons have once again exposed the lack of preparedness of the civic bodies with the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) registering 13 cases of waterlogging and seven cases of tree felling across the city.
3. Water a thorny issue for Bangladesh govt
Bangladeshi officials and leaders of the ruling Awami League say water sharing was a much-awaited item for them and India’s inability to deliver on it has put the government on back foot.
4. Inter-ministerial panel wants fertiliser, power sector to get more natural gas
An inter-ministerial panel has recommended that fertiliser and power sectors should get the lion’s share of domestic natural gas and rejected a proposal to introduce a pooled price mechanism, where a single benchmarked price of natural gas would replace the current multiplicity of rates.
5. Coal ministry considering proposal to hike royalty rates on coal and lignite blocks
The government is considering a proposal to hike royalty rates on coal and lignite blocks. States governments of Jharkhand, Orissa, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh have asked for revision of rates, coal minister Sriprakash Jaiswal said in Lok Sabha on Wednesday.
6. Sustainability is the new buzzword
Dire forecasts about climate change and the global failure to rein in the growing carbon footprint has made it imperative for both industry and grassroots movement to not only advocate sustainability but embrace it.
7. Mandatory forest clearance may slow down projects
The environment ministry’s recent directive that all infrastructure projects that pass through forest land have to secure both forest and environment clearance before work starts, has upset another infrastructure ministry.