Monday Feature: Green News and Media Roundup for Week 45, 2011

Weekly environmental news roundup from across different media networks for week 45 (starting November 7), 2011.

1. CWG construction added to pollution

Frenzied construction activities carried out for the Commonwealth Games last year, and increasing number of vehicles being added to the city roads every year are some of the factors responsible for polluting Delhi’s air.

2. DTC headquarters to be modernised

The decks have been cleared for giving the Delhi Transport Corporation headquarters at I.P. Bus Depot on Ring Road a new look with the construction of a modern green building and introduction of a new traffic circulation plan within and around the depot premises.

3. NDMC mulls hike in charges

New Delhi Municipal Council is planning to increase parking charges at NDMC parking sites. This comes after the city’s first automated multi-level car parking was inaugurated at Sarojini Nagar.

4. Delhi Master Plan to be revised next year

Rapid changes in the city and newer challenges will lead to the revision of Delhi Master Plan 2021 next year. Union Urban Development Minister Kamal Nath on Thursday said “ground realities” and the fact that there are provisions of reviewing the plan every five years have necessitated the move.

5. NGOs told to file report on pollution

To frame better policies for conserving environment, the Delhi Pollution Control Committee has invited NGOs and other stakeholders to study eight areas of pollution in the city and come up with a comprehensive report. The DPCC comes up with its own reports on pollution every year, but this time it wants experts from each field to join hands for better understanding of the situation.

6. Indian Navy’s missile test plan from Andaman and Nicobar Islands hits green hurdle

The Indian Navy’s plans to test fire missiles from Andaman and Nicobar Islands appear to have hit a hurdle with the environment ministry concerned over the impact of the exercise on an endangered bird species found only in the ecologically sensitive area.

7. Mumbai fishermen to approach MoEF against coastal road project

Maharashtra fishermen will approach the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests against the proposed coastal road from Madh to Nariman point in Mumbai. They claim their livelihood will be at risk if the 32-kilometer road is allowed to be built.

8. Lavasa: First phase gets partial nod to resume work

The environment ministry on Wednesday gave conditional clearance to the first phase of Lavasa Corporation’s Rs 3,000-crore hillside township project near Pune. With this clearance, Lavasa will be able to complete pending construction work on the first phase of its massive hill station township.

9. UK minister to discuss green issues with India

Ahead of the United Nations climate change summit in Durban, a British minister will be in India on a six-day visit beginning tomorrow with an aim to boost ties between the two countries on green issues.

Aastha Kukreti

Aastha Kukreti holds a Master’s degree in Environment Management and her areas of expertise range from waste management, pollution ecology, green audits, ecofeminism, environmental equity and social justice.

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