Weekly environmental news roundup from across different media networks for week 33 (starting August 15), 2011
Through every stage of environmental clearance, the Prime Minister’s Office and the finance ministry tracked the Rs 54,000-crore Posco integrated steel plant with keen interest even as the environment ministry sidestepped its own reservations to let the project pass, records with TOI show.
The Central Pollution Control Board has identified 2,609 highly polluting industrial units across the country, the Rajya Sabha was informed on Tuesday.
Even as a high-level committee deliberates over the parking rate policy, a strong case is being made to hike parking rates in the city. EPCA (Environment and Pollution Control Authority) member Bhure Lal on Wednesday made it clear that time has come to change the parking policy in the city drastically.
Delhi has witnessed an annual vehicular growth of 10 per cent and nearly 1,200 vehicles are registered daily, experts analysing the parking policy of the Capital said on Wednesday.
The Government today said despite limited availability of deep sea fishing vessels, India has been able to exploit over 80 per cent of its marine resources.
The Supreme Court’s environment panel, Central Empowered Committee (CEC), on Friday concurred with the Karnataka Lokayukta to report rampant illegal iron ore mining in Chitradurga and Tumkur districts and recommended a complete ban on private mining.
The Central government’s latest move to enact a new law for mining companies to set aside 26 per cent of their profits for local communities will likely prove some consolation to 50,000 people in Kutch and Surat districts.