The Union Minister for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Sushri Uma Bharti recently inaugurated a few schemes of the Yamuna Action Plan (YAP) Phase-III in New Delhi. During the inauguration ceremony, the Minister informed that an amount of Rs. 800 crore will be spent on YAP III. 85% of the cost will be borne by the Centre and the rest by the Government of NCT of Delhi. Giving details of YAP III the Minister informed that in includes rehabilitation/ modernization of Sewage Treatment Plants totaling 814 MLD capacity at Okhla, Kondli and Rithala, construction of a new STP (in place of old STP) of 136 MLD capacity at Okhla, rehabilitation of sewer lines/ rising mains in the catchments of Kondli and Rithala STPs and Public Outreach Activities ...
Weekly green news roundup from across different media networks for week 33 (between Aug 10 to 16) 2015. 1. Slew of measures announced to reduce Delhi pollution Increasing the number of CNG buses, crackdown on polluting vehicles and industries and tree plantation drives are some of the many steps being taken by the Delhi government to curb rising pollution in the national capital, a statement said on Thursday. 2. NGT Directs Joint Inspection of 13 Common Effluent Treatment Plants in Delhi The National Green Tribunal today directed Central Pollution Control Board, Delhi Pollution Control Committee and IIT-Delhi to conduct a joint inspection of 13 common effluent treatment plants which are located in various industrial clusters in the national capital. 3. NGT directs Badarp...
The Nehru Memorial Museum & Library (NMML) invites everyone to weekly seminar on 'Katyuris of Uttarakhand: Establishing food regimes in the central Himalayas from pre-history to circa.14CE' by NMML Fellow Dr. Vasudha Pande. Katyuris are the much celebrated Kings of Uttarakhand. The narrative of the Katyuri state marks the shift from pre-history to history --- with copper plates, inscriptions, architectural works and folklore. Despite the great interest expressed in the Katyuri state system, little attention is paid to the most momentous contribution of the Katyuris—the shift to settled, terraced cultivation and the emergence of petty peasant production. Since Uttarakhand as defined today is a specific construct, the presentation will not restrict itself to this geographical unit
Activists and researchers working on River Yamuna in Delhi have long declared it sick and dead. River Yamuna is also considered to be a drain, as it flows through the eastern part of India's national capital: Delhi. Not only does Delhi gulp down every single drop of water in River Yamuna, it even sends out requests to the upstream state of Haryana to "release more water" in the peak summer months of April-May. However, it is certainly not administrative delays in addressing Delhi's requests as to why Haryana releases MUCH MORE water in River Yamuna than Delhi asked for, in the following months of June-July-Aug! A major part of North India remains hot and dry until the month of May, during which time the water demand of the region peaks. The water demand peaks maximum in Delhi whi...
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 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
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 10 (starting March 4, 2013) 2013. 1. How trees are hacked, choked and impaled in green Delhi The city's first ever tree survey conducted by local residents in the leafy neighbourhood of south Delhi's Sarvodaya Enclave had an unexpected fallout. 2. Maiden bird count records new species The first-ever bird count at one of Delhi's new city forests, Garhi Mandu, has found 90 species, including 26 species of migratory birds and several threatened ones. However, the census also revealed a number of local threats to these birds such as fishing, playgrounds, garbage dumping, besides human intrusion and disturbance. 3. ‘Indian industry must build own tech to save Yamuna’ Thames River Trust , UK, have
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 5 (starting January 28, 2013) 2013. 1. We'll have to make provision for solar trash Travelling to several remote places in the last few months, I've been pleasantly surprised to see several active solar panels. Although the reports about their efficacy are mixed, solar energy is something to be optimistic about. The national solar mission is ramping up its efforts, pushing for increased solar energy infrastructure. 2. Forests, rocky areas to make up for lost greens? Future infrastructure projects — particularly the expansion of the Delhi Metro — may mean greater loss of green cover. Finding it difficult to part with non-forest land, the Delhi Development Authority has proposed compensatory pl