Environmental News and Media Roundup for Week 21, 2012

Weekly environmental news roundup from across different media networks for week 21 (starting May 21, 2012) 2012.

1. Govt proposes fitness tests for private vehicles

The Delhi government finally seems to be waking up to the threat of environment pollution from the expanding private vehicle pool in the city.

2. Soon, work to kickstart at Ghazipur waste plant

The Ghazipur waste-to-energy plant, which will produce more than 13MW power by burning 1,300 tonne of waste daily, is all set to become operational by July-end, claims the East Delhi Municipal Corporation.

3. Shorter signals for buses, cars on BRT

Learning from the seven-day experiment under which mixed vehicular traffic was allowed on the BRT corridor, the Delhi Multi Modal Transit System has decided to make changes in the signal pattern to ensure smooth flow of traffic along the corridor.

4. Okhla waste power plant comes alive

The much-controversial Okhla Waste Power Plant has finally started selling power to distribution companies after converting garbage into electricity.

5. Long queues at petrol pumps trigger snarls, city fumes

Soon after the petrol hike was announced on Wednesday evening, petrol pumps in the city witnessed serpentine queues of vehicles.

6. 3 plants to turn garbage into power

With civic bodies expediting the work of waste-to-energy projects, a garbage-free Delhi is all set to turn into a reality. While the Okhla plant has become operational, the Ghazipur plant is all set to start work and the Narela-Bawana Plant in North Delhi will see the light of the day in 2013.

7. Renuka dam project faces delay

With Union ministry of environment and forest making No Objection Certificates from gram sabhas of the project area mandatory, plans to start construction of Renuka dam in Sirmaur district of Himachal Pradesh from next month has been delayed.

8. Environment ministry objects to Mayawati’s Rs 8,000cr Upper Ganga Canal Expressway project

The Upper Ganga Canal Expressway, an ambitious projects of the Mayawati government, proposed during the fag end of the regime, has hit a roadblock. The Union ministry of environment and forest has sought a clarification from the state government on the project. And work on the project is yet to be started.

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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