Weekly environmental news roundup from across different media networks for Week 18 (starting April 29, 2013) 2013. 1. Waste to energy plant in Delhi creating 'hazardous air quality conditions' A resident's collective opposing the Timarpur-Okhla waste to energy plant has had air quality samples taken from around the plant analysed by ChesterLabNet and Chennai based Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives which took two 24-hours ambient air samples. 2. (Land) filled to the brim in East Delhi Garbage-laden municipal trucks climb the Ghazipur landfill, a 30-metre-high and multi-layer hill containing 46 lakh metric tonnes of trash. Up there, a large number of rag-pickers are busy snapping up saleable recyclables missed by their street counterparts amid innumerable kites encirc
Singapore’s ‘The Holiday You Take Home with You’ campaign offers much to the evolved Indian traveller Singapore Tourism Board’s customised and differentiated marketing campaign for India: “Singapore - The Holiday You Take Home With You” recognises the travel habits of the sophisticated Indian traveller. In its latest phase, the campaign is now focusing on Singapore’s emergence as a City in a Garden and throws the spotlight on its latest attraction, the acclaimed Gardens by the Bay. It is now inviting visitors from India to “Go as parents, return as children” and is rooted in the attraction’s ability to engage, excite and captivate travellers of all age groups. Mr. Chang Chee Pey, Executive Director, South Asia, Middle East and Africa, Singapore Tourism Board, together with the r
Weekly environmental news roundup from across different media networks for Week 17 (starting April 22, 2013) 2013. 1. Weak law enforcement and apathy defeat efforts to save capital Govind Singh, the director of Delhi Greens, says that along with passing rules, the government needs to sensitize people. "Delhiites need to understand that if they are being asked not to cut trees or not to throw e-waste into bins, it is not just for the benefit of the tree or for waste collectors. 2. Kids celebrate Earth Day with Sheila Over 4,000 children from across 400 schools in the city gathered at Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit’s residence on Friday to participate in the grand carnival organised by the Delhi Government to mark the culmination of Earth Week-2013. 3. Delhi can’t outlive the
Weekly environmental news roundup from across different media networks for Week 16 (starting April 15) 2013. 1. It’s official: fewer saplings planted for each tree felled in the Capital A statement on Delhi forest department website confirms the fear of the civil society groups and makes it official that fewer saplings are being planted to make up for the green cover loss. 2. Plot owners in Delhi to abide by new green norms Owners of plots of size 3,000 sq m and above will soon have a list of mandatory provisions to abide by. Management action groups have proposed an amendment to the Master Plan 2021 wherein local bodies need to ensure that building plans for such plots have a number of environment-friendly features in place. 3. Leaking pipes, dirty water and an ailing DJB
Weekly environmental news roundup from across different media networks for Week 15 (starting April 8, 2013) 2013. 1. 'Develop around greens, not through it' Govind Singh, who works with Delhi Greens, a non-governmental organisation working on biodiversity and tree conservation issues, spoke to Darpan Singh on the need to change our policies and priorities. 2. Residents join hands to save Mehrauli park A group of Delhiites came together to highlight the poor condition of the Mehrauli Archaelogical Park on Sunday. They also held a ‘Save the Park’ protest in front of the municipal garbage dump adjacent to Qutub Green Apartments in Mehrauli. 3. RWAs want concrete action to save trees Don't choke trees on concrete. This plea topped a number of recommendations made by citizens
Weekly environmental news roundup from across different media networks for Week 14 (starting April 1, 2013) 2013. 1. The shadow cast by toxicity Metrolife spoke to few environmentalists for their stand on the river’s harmful effects. Govind Singh, Director, Delhi Greens, an NGO studying the Yamuna imbroglio, said, “It is no longer a river now, it is a drain.” 2. Noisy Delhi to get a sound check An average Delhiite is exposed to noise levels several notches higher than what is safe. Experts say this leads to serious health implications — from deafness to heart conditions to sleep disorders. 3. A shocker: Not a single public toilet in whole of rural Delhi It may be hard to believe, but it is true. Anyone travelling the length of the rural belt of Delhi that stretches from
Weekly environmental news roundup from across different media networks for Week 13 (starting March 25, 2013) 2013. 1. Health-conscious Delhi goes the organic way Delhiites have started watching what they eat. Sale of organic foods, seen as a passing fad till a few years ago, has soared, thanks to a rising focus on health and environment in the Capital. 2. Greater Flamingos stage a comeback at Okhla park The stunningly beautiful Greater Flamingos are back in Delhi, and how. 3. East Delhi Municipal Corporation plans to set up another waste-to-energy plant The East Delhi Municipal Corporation has planned another waste-to-energy plant in Shastri Park. The land allotment by the Delhi Development Authority for the project is under process. 4. Implement green tribunal's order...
Weekly environmental news roundup from across different media networks for Week 12 (starting March 18, 2013) 2013. 1. Carcinogens in groundwater in areas near Najafgarh drain The groundwater table near the Najafgarh drain has been contaminated with metals such as the cancer-inducing lead, and cadmium apart from other health hazards such as arsenic, nitrate, manganese and iron. 2. Pushed to wall, govt may extend Re 1 power subsidy Cornered by Resident Welfare Associations and the Opposition, the government is likely to announce a subsidy of Rs. 1 for domestic consumers. 3. Delhi govt goofs up on World Sparrow Day Sparrows have become so rare in the capital that it seems not even Delhi's environment department can identify it correctly. 4. Environment is Delhi’s Achille
Medha Patkar and Arvind Kejriwal holding a panel discussion at the Conference. Also seen is Mr. SA Naqvi of Citizens Front for Water Democracy The debate on water privatization is an ongoing debate of public interest not only in India but globally as well. Supporters of privatization argue that water should be viewed as an economic good and hence commoditized. However, as recently as in 2010, the United Nations has recognized the right to water as a basic human right. This raises certain difficult and critical questions over the need and implications of privatizing water in Delhi. This was the central focus during a day long conference on 'Water Privatization: Learning from India and International Experiences' which was recently organized at the Indian Social Institute, New Delhi.
Weekly environmental news roundup from across different media networks for week 11 (starting March 11, 2013) 2013. 1. Clean Yamuna on agenda, thousands arrive on way to Parliament After marching for about 150 kilometres since March 1, thousands of volunteers demanding a cleaner Yamuna reached the national Capital on Monday. 2. Forest dept has no clue on green loss for Metro phase-3 The Delhi forest department has said it does not know the quantum of non-forest land required for compensatory afforestation in lieu of trees to be felled for the third phase of the Metro rail project. Work for the third phase of the Metro started in November 2011. 3. NGT restrains construction of roads in Delhi Ridge area The National Green Tribunal today restrained construction of roads and