The Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Environment and Forests, Smt. Jayanthi Natarajan lighting the lamp to inaugurate the biodiversity exhibition as Science Express Biodiversity Special arrives at central railway station, in Chennai on July 27, 2013. AGM, Southern Railway, Sri G. Narayanan and Additional Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Forests, Shri. Shashi Shekhar are also seen.
Environment Minister Jayanthi Natarajan during the launch of the National Wetland Atlas on the occasion of World Environment Day 2013. Also present during the launch were Member, Planning Commission, Dr. K. Kasturirangan, the Secretary, Ministry of Environment & Forests, Dr. V Rajagopalan and the UN Resident Co-coordinator, Ms. Lise Grande.
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 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
Weekly environmental news roundup from across different media networks for week 9 (starting February 25, 2013) 2013. 1. DU college harnesses wind energy churned out by Metro trains Students and teachers of Kalindi College, Delhi University, have come up with an innovative way to harness wind energy produced by Metro trains. 2. ASI-protected monument comes in way of zoo expansion The presence of Kos Minar, an Archaeological Survey of India-protected structure enclosed in a roundabout on a road inside the sprawling Delhi zoo, likely to affect its expansion plans. 3. Indoor air pollution kills 1.3mn Indians Over a million people in India — among highest in the world — die every year because of indoor air pollution. 4. Clean Yamuna march to Delhi to begin Friday It's y
Weekly environmental news roundup from across different media networks for week 52 (starting December 24, 2012) 2012. 1. Environment ministry on overdrive to streamline norms After the government’s nod to a Cabinet committee on investment for fast-tracking projects, the environment ministry is seeing heightened activity.
Weekly environmental news roundup from across different media networks for week 46 (starting November 12, 2012) 2012. 1. Coming: Ten-fold hike in fine for mosquito-breeding If you are building a new home, be sure to fill up all water puddles at the site if you want to avoid a hefty fine. 2. Bhikaji Cama Place a symbol of ‘utter disdain for public property’: Accessibility audit A recently conducted walkability and accessibility audit of the District Centre Complex at Bhikaji Cama Place has revealed that within seven years of a major renovation at the place by Delhi Development Authority, this commercial complex has again returned to a state of neglect and filth. 3. Supreme Court body asks 4 States to take firm steps to check smog Taking serious note of the thick smog o
Weekly environmental news roundup from across different media networks for week 45 (starting November 5, 2012) 2012. 1. Groups to be formed for tree census Delhi's forest department will constitute 10 groups, five from resident welfare associations and five from school eco-clubs, to carry out a tree census in the city. The decision was taken at a tree authority meeting on Tuesday, where it was stressed that the census should only take place with people's participation and not be handed over to private parties. 2. Four biodiversity parks planned in Delhi The city will soon have a special committee on biodiversity for 10,000 hectares designated for the purpose. In a meeting held recently, LG Tejendra Khanna announced the creation of the Delhi Biodiversity Foundation Society t...
Weekly environmental news roundup from across different media networks for week 43 (starting October 22, 2012) 2012. 1. Delhi’s oldest water treatment plant poised for renovation The Capital’s oldest water treatment plant, the Chandrawal WTP, is all set for renovation and reconstruction. On Friday, the Delhi Jal Board approved plans for its renovation using funds loaned by the Japan International Cooperation Agency. 2. PETA promotes vegan diet in New Delhi Reiterating their cause that it was healthy for people to eat vegetarian food, and remain vegetarians to protect the eroding environment, PETA activists highlighted the fact that water needed to produce one pound of m