Environmental News and Media Roundup for Week 13, 2013

Weekly environmental news roundup from across different media networks for Week 13 (starting March 25, 2013) 2013.

1. Health-conscious Delhi goes the organic way

Delhiites have started watching what they eat. Sale of organic foods, seen as a passing fad till a few years ago, has soared, thanks to a rising focus on health and environment in the Capital.

2. Greater Flamingos stage a comeback at Okhla park

The stunningly beautiful Greater Flamingos are back in Delhi, and how.

3. East Delhi Municipal Corporation plans to set up another waste-to-energy plant

The East Delhi Municipal Corporation has planned another waste-to-energy plant in Shastri Park. The land allotment by the Delhi Development Authority for the project is under process.

4. Implement green tribunal’s order on Yamuna debris now, L-G tells chief secy

To keep the Yamuna clean, Lieutenant-Governor Tejendra Khanna has told the Delhi chief secretary to ensure implementation of the National Green Tribunal’s order, imposing a fine of Rs. 2,500 on those dumping debris on the river bank.

5. Over 100 trees felled illegally on DDA land in Vasant Kunj

The forest department has initiated action against unauthorized cutting of about 100 trees in Vasant Kunj’s block C-6. While a complaint has been filed against ‘unknown persons’ at the Vasant Kunj police station, forest officials said that a formal FIR will be lodged on Sunday.

6. 10,000 truckloads of trash choking Yamuna

The Yamuna is in a huge mess, with 90,000 cubic metres of debris and other wastes on its banks — about as much as 10,000 truckloads. The Delhi government estimates that the entire clean-up operation will cost around Rs. 2.5 crore at Rs. 2,500 per truck.

7. Delhi losing greens, forest dept clueless over recovery

For millions of Delhiites, already choked on the polluted air of the city, here is another shocker.

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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