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
Weekly environmental news roundup from across different media networks for week 3 (starting January 14, 2013) 2013. 1. East corp goes beyond its brief for clean city The East Delhi Municipal Corporation, in a bid to have a cleaner city, will literally go beyond its jurisdiction and remove garbage as the municipal commissioner has given a direction to his deputies to make sure that no land or open sites remain dirty. 2. Connaught Place mess to stay till May, deadline extended once again An uninterrupted and smooth walking and shopping experience in Connaught Place is still a few months away — at least till May. “Connaught Place will continue to remain dug up till April-May,” said Archana Arora, chairperson of New Delhi Municipal Council, on Monday. 3. Metro expansion hit
Weekly environmental news roundup from across different media networks for week 51 (starting December 17, 2012) 2012. 1. Crocodiles returning to capital after almost 100 years Crocodiles are set to return to the Capital after almost a century. Lieutenant-governor Tejinder Khanna has approved a plan to set up a crocodile park — the first of its kind in Delhi — on the banks of the Yamuna. “We’ll have crocodiles in phase-II of Yamuna Biodiversity Park,” said CRBabu, professor emeritus in DU’s biology department. 2. Indian Railways mascot ‘jumbo’ being killed by trains Running trains have accidentally killed 62 elephants, incidentally the mascot of the Indian Railways, in five years. A CAG report revealed that most of these deaths, about 43 during 2006-11, have been reported fr
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
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 38 (starting September 17, 2012) 2012. 1. Delhi's monuments will be lit by solar energy More and more of the capital's best known monuments may now be illuminated through solar energy. Building on the experience gained over the last three years and keen on promoting the use of environment-friendly solar energy, the Delhi government plans to light up more of the capital's historical sites through cheap and plentiful energy from the sun. 2. Govt mulls subsidy for eco-friendly battery rickshaws Commuting to a metro station will soon be a comfortable and environment-friendly affair with the introduction of new rickshaws that will run on battery or solar energy. 3. Clean river bed, green tribunal ...
It is now no secret that all action plans and awareness programmes for cleaning River Yamuna have failed and the polluted stretch of the River has only increased by over 100 km in last few years. It is also known that the status of water quality in River Yamuna in Delhi is no better than sewage. Despite this, the offering of prayers, idols and other sacred religious material across the entire stretch of Yamuna in Delhi continues unabated. This not only de-sacreds the Gods, it also only adds more pollution to the River. The real offering that one can make to this once clean and the holiest-of-the-holy River Yamuna is to urge the government and other related agencies to act, with greater political will, towards its cleaning and management. Until then, let us all stop disrespecting the Go...
Weekly environmental news roundup from across different media networks for week 28 (starting July 9, 2012) 2012. 1. How you can make a difference Delhi Greens, a Delhi-based non-government organisation, holds workshops on ‘Waste to magic,’ where you can learn to make necklaces and invites out of waste paper. Also get fascinating insights into the influences from various eras that have blended into the art and culture that intrinsically resonates in the soul of Delhi. 2. Hit the nature trail Delhi Greens, a Delhi-based non-governmental organisation, organises trips and excursions as well as events such as workshops. It also keeps members posted (through its blog) on environmental news and activities in the city. 3. Six years on, tree authority exists only in name In 2
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
Weekly environmental news roundup from across different media networks for week 25 (starting June 26, 2012) 2012. 1. Dredged silt drips back into Yamuna The recent dredging exercise at the Okhla barrage to deepen the Okhla pond was welcomed by environmentalists till they figured out that all the silt pulled out was being dumped along the banks and allowed to flow downstream with the river. "For one thing, it is a complete waste of money and time to desilt the river and then allow the silt to flow back into it 2. Water crisis: Malls shut toilets, turn down ACs The ongoing water crisis that has affected numerous households across the city, has now hit the malls too. Malls such as Select CityWalk, DLF Place, DLF Promenade and Ambience Mall Gurgaon faced a major water shortage over...