Environmental News and Media Roundup for Week 22, 2013

Weekly environmental news roundup from across different media networks for Week 22 (starting May 27,  2013) 2013.

1. Delhi: government nod to only 14 5-star hotels to operate

Of the 35 five-star hotels in Delhi, only 14 have the consent to operate  from the government.

2. Greens reject list of landfill sites

While North and South corporations have each announced five tentative sanitary landfill sites, environmentalists have protested against the choice of areas.

3. South body gets smart, plans hi-tech toilets in its schools

There is good news for a bunch of south Delhi corporation schools, which are set to get high-tech environment-friendly toilets on their campuses soon.

4. Delhi ranks 30th on environment index

The Planning Commission’s environment index for 2012 has ranked Delhi quite low on different environmental parameters. The Capital is placed at the 30th position among 35 states and union territories.

5. ‘Green’ Civil Lines has foulest air in Delhi

The government might have hurried with the air pollution monitoring action plan had it known that its officials were breathing possibly the most polluted air in the city. The Civil Lines area has recorded the worst air quality levels in Delhi.

6. DUAC shows red flag to high-rises in south Delhi

The Delhi Urban Art Commission has objected to the central government’s proposal to replace old government housing colonies in south Delhi with high rises, saying it would have a significant adverse impact on New Delhi’s character and environment.

7. Power Ministry, Environment Ministry discuss hydro projects clearances issue

In a bid to foster development of hydro sector, the Power Ministry has taken up the issue of environmental and forest clearances related to hydel projects with the Environment Ministry.

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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