Watch that drop now! Water has always been known as the source of all life. However, polluted water in the supply has now started killing citizens in the National Capital Territory of Delhi. The NCERT campus in South Delhi was recently hit with such an episode where scores of people have been hospitalized and two citizens are reported to have died after consuming polluted water. The NCERT campus receives bulk water from the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) and then distributes it to its campus residents. While the DJB seems very confident of the quality of water it is supplying, the fault apparently seems to be in the distribution system set up within the NCERT. However, amidst the blame game, it needs to be noted that two people have lost their precious lives, which should be seen as a call for a...
Weekly environmental news roundup from across different media networks for Week 25 (starting June 17, 2013) 2013. 1. Govt to seek NGOs' help to catch monkeys Delhi government's environment department has decided to approach NGOs to train monkey catchers to ensure minimum damage to the simians. 2. Delhi: Lack of river zone angers activists In the wake of the flooding of the Yamuna river and subsequent fears of an Uttarakhand-like scenario in Delhi, environmentalists have lashed out against the Ministry of Environment and Forests for not notifying the River Regulation Zone. 3.Eco-imbalance may cause Uttarakhand-type calamity: Dikshit Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit Saturday urged Delhiites to plant more saplings, saying that environmental imbalance may invite an Uttarakhand-type
The past few days have been the most devastating and the most dreadful days for the state of Uttarakhand. The state which is otherwise popular for its scenic beauty and pilgrimage, has been washed away with Nature's fury. What is left behind is completely shattered. Recent flash floods in Kedarnath and in rest of the Gadhwal region of Uttarakhand have not only created havoc but have also resulted in a disaster of an intensity which one cannot think of. Torrential downpour accompanied with landslide has transformed a usually serene area into a powerful river of death within minutes. All those who were are caught unprepared amidst the power and velocity of the flash floods could not survive the catastrophe. The magnitude of the disaster is told to such that villages, people, animals were...
Weekly environmental news roundup from across different media networks for Week 24 (starting June 10, 2013) 2013. 1. Delhi: Solar subsidy to return in new avatar There may be some respite from increasing power bills in the city soon. Delhi government’s environment department, which had done away with the subsidy it used to provide on installing solar water heaters, has now decided to reintroduce it although in a different way. 2. After high court rap, meet on water bodies soon After being served a contempt notice by Delhi high court for the government's inability to deliver any results on the issue of revival of water bodies, the environment department will be holding a meeting with all concerned agencies next week. 3. 60,000 sq km of Western Ghats to be green zone The U
Weekly environmental news roundup from across different media networks for Week 23 (starting June 3, 2013) 2013. 1. Delhi most unaware of environment norms: Survey Delhi residents think the climate is changing, environmental issues are worsening and that government should regulate polluting agents, a survey released on Monday found. 2. 5-star hotels in Delhi to take environment-friendly steps by September All five-star hotels in the city will take a number of environment-friendly steps to cut power and water consumption by September 30, which includes setting up of dedicated sewage treatment plant and solar water heating system. 3. Pollution: A slow poison With neither Delhi’s air nor its noise pollution levels registering a healthy trend in the recent past, on World Env
Weekly environmental news roundup from across different media networks for Week 22 (starting May 27, 2013) 2013. 1. Delhi: government nod to only 14 5-star hotels to operate Of the 35 five-star hotels in Delhi, only 14 have the consent to operate from the government. 2. Greens reject list of landfill sites While North and South corporations have each announced five tentative sanitary landfill sites, environmentalists have protested against the choice of areas. 3. South body gets smart, plans hi-tech toilets in its schools There is good news for a bunch of south Delhi corporation schools, which are set to get high-tech environment-friendly toilets on their campuses soon. 4. Delhi ranks 30th on environment index The Planning Commission’s environment index for 2012 h
Weekly environmental news roundup from across different media networks for Week 21 (starting May 20, 2013) 2013. 1. 33 city hospitals face flak over biomedical waste Most private and government hospitals in Delhi are posing a "very serious threat" to human health and environment because they have failed to ensure proper disposal of highly infectious biomedical waste, the National Green Tribunal said on Wednesday. 2. Explain damage to Dadri wetlands At a time when rising temperatures have been blamed for vanishing water bodies in Delhi-NCR, the shrinking Dadri wetlands in Greater Noida has come under the scanner of the National Green Tribunal. 3. HC sets up panel for alternative waste disposal sites in Delhi Taking exception to the delay on the part of the DDA chief in fi
Weekly environmental news roundup from across different media networks for Week 20 (starting May 13, 2013) 2013. 1. Pollution drives away birds from wetland Several species of beautiful birds have been forced into leaving the Garhi Mandu city forest area due to rise in pollution and loss of habitat. The forest area is spread over 894 acres in northeast Delhi. 2. Neighbouring states of Delhi rapped for smog The National Green Tribunal has issued notices to the governments and pollution control boards of Haryana, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh, ministry of environment and forest and the agriculture ministry for large scale biomass burning which leads to air pollution and caused large-scale smog over Delhi in 2012. 3. On a warpath against Capital's noise pollution Ravi Kalra is h
Weekly environmental news roundup from across different media networks for Week 19 (starting May 6, 2013) 2013. 1. Decreasing greens, worrisome matter Environmentalist Govind Singh feels that the, “decreasing green cover will increase the carbon footprint. We need to protect our habitat, flora and fauna and for that we need trees. The most common issues that will crop as a result of the depleted cover will be increase in pollution leading to an increase in cases of asthma and the rain pattern being affected.” 2. Green brigade slams DDA plan to allow gyms at parks 'Its an invitation to concretise the city at the cost of its green cover. People come to parks to enjoy the greenery and nature. The DDA decision will change the basic character of parks,' said Govind Singh, a city e
The Hon'ble Principal Bench of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) heard the deconcretisation of trees in Delhi case on the 23rd of May, 2013. The concretisation of trees in Delhi has come as a huge menace and has posed a great threat on the survivability of healthy trees in the city. Consequently, the NGT was moved vide Application No. 82/2013 through the 'Aditya N. Prasad & Others. Vs Union of India & Ors.' case. A parallel online citizens' petition to the NGT was also put together in the form of a signature campaign. This became the Earth Day campaign for Delhi and was supported by several active citizens and organisations in addition to Delhi Greens. The campaign was also picked by mainstream media and saw wide coverage. The campaign was also broadcasted via Radio One and saw