Weekly environmental news roundup from across different media networks for week 41 (starting October 8, 2012) 2012. 1. A colonial encroacher Almost one-fourth of all the articles that have appeared in this column have dealt with the issue of encroachment in one shape or another. Sanitation-wallahs and police-wallahs encroaching on pavements meant for pedestrians, places of worship encroaching on public land, peoples’ representatives encroaching on heritage monuments, preachers and priests encroaching on heritage structures, so on and so forth. 2. RWAs game for government’s green scheme The Commonwealth Games had brought massive infrastructure growth in the capital, sometimes at the cost of green cover. But the sporting extravaganza, officials claim, has also spurred residen
Weekly environmental news roundup from across different media networks for week 39 (starting September 24, 2012) 2012. 1. Solar power for 25 government schools, 10 hospitals The Delhi environment department has identified 25 government schools and 10 government hospitals that will get independent solar power systems. 2. DDA Master Plan experts call for low-rise high-density development, mixed-land use The Delhi Development Authority on Monday completed a significant milestone in its ongoing review of the Delhi Master Plan-2021. 3. Vertical growth will stress resources in Delhi Even as Union urban development minister Kamal Nath continues to push for vertical growth in Delhi, urban planners and experts say the city's most basic infrastructure — power, water and parking
Weekly environmental news roundup from across different media networks for week 37 (starting September 10, 2012) 2012. 1. Suggest changes to save BRT: HC The Delhi High Court on Monday said the government should "take in right spirit" the criticism against the Ambedkar Nagar-Moolchand BRT and suggest how it corridor could function with some changes. 2. Save Himalayas, activists urge Delhi The fate of Delhi is tied intimately to that of the Himalayas. The city's water-needs are met by Himalayan rivers; part of our power requirements too is met by energy harnessed at dams on Himalayan rivers; and the forests form a "sinking point" for the pollution we generate. 3. Enforcing ban on plastic bags an uphill task for Delhi govt Even as the Delhi cabinet has passed the order ...
Weekly environmental news roundup from across different media networks for week 36 (starting September 3, 2012) 2012. 1. Migratory birds arrive in Delhi Zoo Though they have arrived early this year, the hosts claim they are well-prepared to welcome these seasonal guests. 2. Over-stretching limited resources In 2010, a major pipeline that carried water from the Wazirabad treatment plant in the city developed several breaches. Residents were left parched and the civic authorities had to deal with water-logged roads. The Delhi Jal Board that is responsible for the maintenance of this pipeline spent days looking for the origin of the leakage. 3. IIT Kanpur to study Delhi’s air quality Delhi government's environment department is set to commission IIT Kanpur to study its p
Weekly environmental news roundup from across different media networks for week 34 (starting August 20, 2012) 2012. 1. NDMC leads the way in recycling e-waste In a first of its kind initiative by the civic body, the New Delhi Municipal Council has successfully disposed seven tonnes of electronic-waste in an environment friendly manner. 2. Four yrs on, BRT debate continues Delhi's bus rapid transit corridor is controversy's favourite child. It invited a lot of publicity when the first and the city's only such corridor was opened for traffic in April 2008. Four years hence, the debate on BRT's suitability for a car-crazy city still rages. 3. BRT: Ahmedabad shows the way Poor show in Delhi may have earned the Bus Rapid Transit system the tag of an alien concept for Indi...
Weekly environmental news roundup from across different media networks for week 33 (starting August 13, 2012) 2012. 1. Delhi adopts humble sparrow as its state bird Till some years back, the house sparrow was the quintessential 'chidiya', the most common image to come to mind when one discussed birds in Delhi's urban context. One day it dawned on the city that the little feathery creature has more or less vanished, its absence even more pronounced by the sudden over-population of pigeons. 2. Govt wants to relocate Delhi's 18 elephants The forest department of Delhi has written to the state governments to make the city an elephant-free area. There are 18 registered elephants in the capital, which the department claims are a traffic hazard and pose as a safety risk. Letters
Weekly environmental news roundup from across different media networks for week 32 (starting August 6, 2012) 2012. 1. In Delhi, waste generates power — and debate By the end of this year, Delhi will have its second waste-to-energy plant generating electricity at the landfill near Ghazipur. A similar plant, Timarpur Okhla Waste to Energy plant, sited in the vicinity of a residential colony and a hospital, has started generation since the beginning of this year. 2. No contempt of court on BRT: Govt The Delhi government on Wednesday told the Delhi high court hearing the BRT row that it had allowed other vehicles to ply on the corridor earmarked for buses from Moolchand to Ambedkar Nagar till the court took a final stand. 3. Panel to suggest water-logging fixes A team le
Weekly environmental news roundup from across different media networks for week 31 (starting July 30, 2012) 2012. 1. Delhi zoo loses a male nilgai now An adult male nilgai died on Sunday at the National Zoological Park after it succumbed to injuries caused due to fighting with another male. 2. Rainwater harvesting system must for all new buildings Planning to construct a new house or office building in Delhi? You will now have to install a rainwater harvesting system to obtain a completion certificate from civic agencies. The Delhi cabinet has in principle approved a proposal to make the system mandatory for all new constructions. 3. Experts from IIT to suggest green ways Alarmed at the increasing pollution levels in the city, the Delhi government’s environment depart
Weekly environmental news roundup from across different media networks for week 28 (starting July 16, 2012) 2012. 1. CNG losing out to diesel in Delhi Diesel's gain is CNG's loss in the capital, spelling bad news for the city's air. Dealers are reporting a 60%-80 % drop in sales of CNG kits for private vehicles since the beginning of 2012. They say many car owners who had got these kits retrofitted in their cars now want to sell the equipment as they are moving to diesel vehicles. 2. Life better without BRT, research body tells HC The campaign to scrap the controversial 5.8-km BRT corridor between Ambedkar Nagar and Moolchand got a boost on Monday after a feasibility study found that traffic was much smoother when other vehicles were allowed to run on the corridor reserved ...
Weekly environmental news roundup from across different media networks for week 27 (starting July 2, 2012) 2012. 1. Touts take over water depot, run amok Taps may be running dry in Delhi, but the Delhi Jal Board tankers ensure it’s raining, quite literally, in its Greater Kailash 1 pumping station. Afternoon is siesta time for the board’s employees even as people wait outside from 6am to 10pm to book a water tanker. 2. Ban toxic imports, SC tells government The Supreme Court on Friday directed the government to ban the import of toxic wastes which had been identified and declared hazardous under an international convention. 3. Delhi blows its fuse over power cuts Delhi and the National Capital Region lost their patience on Tuesday with relentless daily power cuts ranging