Weekly Green News Update for Week 2 (Jan 11 to 17), 2016


Weekly green news update from across different media networks for week 2 (between Jan 11 and 17) 2016.

Jury out after 15 days, one emerging strand: Pollution levels dipped slightly in second half

THE PILOT odd-even policy of the Delhi government may have ended on Friday but not without sparking a debate over the success of the first such initiative in the country to curb vehicular pollution.

Pollutants’ Level Rises Marginally In Delhi

Pollutants in Delhi’s air on Thursday showed a marginal rise, a day after bonfires across the NCR region marked Lohri celebrations, even as foggy conditions continued to prevail.

West Delhi would soon get a park near Dabri flyover

The vacant space near Public Work Department office in proximity with Dabri flyover in west Delhi will soon be turned into a recreational park.

Burning garbage may now attract Rs 1 lakh fine

Burning garbage or leaves, one of the key causes of air pollution in the city, may now attract a fine of up to Rs 1 lakh.

NGT irked over delay in operationalisation of Bawana plant

The National Green Tribunal today pulled up the Delhi government and North Delhi Municipal Corporation for inordinate delay in operationalising Bawana waste-to-energy plant.

Delhi govt plans to run buses on biogas

In a bid to find an alternative to CNG, the Delhi government is mulling introducing buses running on biogas and electricity generated from the city’s sewage treatment plants, as part of the pilot project.

Dust pollution: 14 Delhi Metro sites fined Rs 50,000 each

Acting tough on the construction sites flouting dust pollution norms, the Delhi government has penalised 14 Delhi Metro sites and 42 major projects, imposing environmental compensation charge of Rs 50,000 each.

Delhi govt to introduce new index to measure pollution level in city

An index enables a common man to judge the quality of air and gives information on concentration of various pollutants around his vicinity. It also classifies the air quality into categories like ‘severe’, ‘very poor’ or ‘moderate’.

Professor writes to Smriti Irani over ‘mining’ in college

A Delhi University professor has written to HRD minister Smriti Irani seeking her intervention in the issue of alleged mining and illegal construction activities in ARSD college in Southwest Delhi.

Delhi’s fight against pollution derailed by corrupt toll operators

A special investigation done by India Today has found that Supreme Court guidelines imposing a green cess on trucks entering Delhi are being blatantly flouted at toll plazas across the Capital.

After NGT prod, Yamuna sewage plant on fast track

Huda has expedited the process of land acquisition for a sewage treatment plant in Sector 107, following an NGT order asking the authority to use “emergency clauses of land acquisition law” to meet the March 2017 deadline for the project.

Tandoors, burning of solid waste adding to dirty Delhi air: IIT study

As the odd and even vehicle number experiment, one of the measures taken to reduce pollution levels in Delhi, draws to a close Friday, a study by IIT Kanpur has identified coal-fired tandoors in restaurants and hotels of the Capital as one of the contributors of particulate matter.

Odd, even and beyond: Courts carve out environmental jurisprudence

The Delhi high court on Monday declined to interfere with the Delhi administration’s experiment restricting private non-commercial four-wheelers on Delhi’s roads to alternate days to cut pollution.

Pollution hearing: Delhi government targets Centre, High Court slams both

The Delhi High Court Thursday pulled up the AAP government and the Centre during a hearing on a PIL over air pollution, saying, “No one seems to be keen on implementing the law. Each government is at the other’s neck.”

Housing projects without green nod illegal: SC

In a jolt to hundreds of builders who have completed housing projects without environment clearance, the Supreme Court on Friday termed such constructions illegal, conceding that it might have committed a mistake by previously staying a National Green Tribunal  order halting construction of these projects.

NGT for complete ban on plastic bags in Punjab, Haryana

The National Green Tribunal has prohibited use of plastic carry bags in various areas of Punjab and Haryana and sought responses on imposition of a complete ban across the two states.

After Delhi And Kochi, Now Hyderabad Airport Switches To Solar Power

Taking the green and clean energy route, Rajiv Gandhi International Airport In Hyderabad has commissioned a 5 MW solar power plant which will generate 25,000 units of electricity daily.

Record number of migratory birds arrives in Hirakud Reservoir

The Hirakud Dam Reservoir in Odisha’s Sambalpur district witnessed arrival of a record number of migratory birds this winter.

Scientists discover 2 new frog species in Madagascar

Scientists have discovered two new species of very elusive frogs that live on the forest floor in the Tsaratanana Massif – the highest mountain in Madagascar.

Shilpi Chakravarty

Shilpi Chakravarty is an environmental professional with a master's degree in environmental studies from the University of Delhi. She works to use her professional skills for making the planet a better place to live on.

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