Environmental News and Media Roundup for Week 29, 2012

Weekly environmental news roundup from across different media networks for week 28 (starting July 16, 2012) 2012.

1. CNG losing out to diesel in Delhi

Diesel’s gain is CNG’s loss in the capital, spelling bad news for the city’s air. Dealers are reporting a 60%-80 % drop in sales of CNG kits for private vehicles since the beginning of 2012. They say many car owners who had got these kits retrofitted in their cars now want to sell the equipment as they are moving to diesel vehicles.

2. Life better without BRT, research body tells HC

The campaign to scrap the controversial 5.8-km BRT corridor between Ambedkar Nagar and Moolchand got a boost on Monday after a feasibility study found that traffic was much smoother when other vehicles were allowed to run on the corridor reserved for buses.

3. Petition against huge subsidy on diesel

The Delhi High Court on Wednesday issued notices to the Union Ministries of Environment & Forests, Petroleum & Natural Gas and Finance and the Central Pollution Control Board on a public interest litigation submitting that the sudden rise in the use of diesel cars due to the huge subsidy on the fuel had raised the pollution levels in the Capital and other cities in the country.

4. Tentative fuel loss due to BRT: Rs. 2.48 crore

Fuel worth Rs. 2.48 crore could be lost each year by cars stuck in jams on the Bus Rapid Transit  stretch between Ambedkar Nagar and Moolchand, said a report by Central Road Research Institute.

5. Growing congestion on Delhi roads likely to reduce speeds to 5kmph

Get ready to crawl at 5kmph during peak hours on all major roads of Delhi in the next five years as traffic congestion grows. At that speed that is likely to leave fewer dents on your car but is sure to damage the egos of motorists and carmakers alike, and possibly sales, it will take you nearly three hours to reach office located just 15km away from home.

6. Goverment to launch recovery programme for Great Indian Bustard

India is launching a recovery programme for Great Indian Bustard, one of the largest flying bird species, which is on the brink of extinction. The Environment ministry has issued guidelines based on the recommendations of a task force, constituted in 2010 with a mandate to look into the issue of conservation of bustards, to enable state governments to prepare site-specific action plans for recovery of the birds, once seen throughout the western half of India.

Urbanisation along the emerging Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor is expected to merge Ahmedabad, Vadodara and Surat into an important industrial cluster of India, according to consultancy firm Jones Lang LaSalle.

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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