Weekly Green News Update for Week 6 (Feb 8 to 14), 2016


Weekly green news update from across different media networks for week 6 (between Feb 8 and 14) 2016.

To check pollution, govt considers third-party audit of industrial areas

The Delhi government, which is in the process of seeking feedback on reintroducing the odd-even scheme, is also considering commissioning a third-party audit of its industrial areas to check pollution.

Dehi: NGT raps Jal Board for spending money on Yamuna without permission

National Green Tribunal on Tuesday rapped Delhi Jal Board for spending money on Yamuna without its permission, observing that despite spending heavily, the pollution level in the river has become worse.

Yamuna pollution: NGT issues notices to Delhi govt, Art of Living Foundation

The National Green Tribunal on Thursday issued notices to the Delhi government, the Delhi Development Authority and the Art of Living Foundation on a plea seeking to stop a three-day event to celebrate 35 years of AOL on the Yamuna floodplains in east Delhi.

Dust polluters to be fined Rs 5,000 in Delhi

Vehicles carrying construction material or demolition waste in the city will be penalised up to Rs 5,000 if they are found violating pollution norms.

Garbage crisis: MCD workers end strike after Delhi HC intervenes

Municipal employees of Delhi temporarily called off a 13-day strike on Monday after the high court intervened to end the standoff with the government but a section of sanitation workers refused to budge, potentially lengthening the capital city’s civic woes.

Told old trees release more carbon dioxide, bench seeks explanation

In a bizarre explanation for the “need to cut old trees” in the capital, a senior official of the Forest Department informed the Delhi High Court that “old trees start releasing more carbon dioxide rather than oxygen,” and “need to be replaced” by planting more trees to take the place of trees that had reached a certain stage of their life cycle.

Cherry blossom to soon colour Delhi

The golden glow of amaltas will softly blend into the pink and white hue of cherry blossom in the coming years with Delhi set to host India’s first ‘Sakura’ plantation ceremony tomorrow.

Delhi HC notice on plea to enforce pollution control rules

The Delhi High Court on Friday issued notice to the central government and Delhi lt. governor on a plea seeking direction to enforce pollution control rules which prescribes punishment for driving a polluting vehicle.

Clean crematoriums, graveyards needed: HC

Moved by the “horrific” and “terrible” sight at crematoriums and burial grounds in the national capital, the Delhi High Court has called for their proper maintenance saying “departed souls need to be respected”.

NGT slams Railways over human defecation, other waste on tracks

The National Green Tribunal has slammed Railways over human defecation sand other waste ons tracks and also directed authorities in Delhi to expeditiously decide on rehabilitation of slum clusters located near railway tracks.

NGT asks Haryana to probe tree felling in Mangar

Taking a serious view of felling of over 50 trees in the Mangar forest area in Faridabad, the National Green Tribunal has directed Haryana government to investigate the issue and submit a detailed damage report.

Revival plan for 12 water bodies springs new hope

With the city staring at an imminent water crisis, the MCG seems to have finally woken up to the need of reviving water bodies to recharge groundwater and prevent waterlogging.

Hindon waste: Bailable warrants against illegal colonies, SHO

The National Green Tribunal today took note of housing colonies near Vasundhara Enclave in East Delhi dumping garbage in the Hindon canal and asked them to submit a complete mechanism for collection, segregation and disposal of municipal solid waste.

Wild boar gets vermin tag, wildlife activists up in arms

The ministry of environment and forests’ notification that declares wild boar as ‘vermin’ in Uttarakhand has not gone down well with wildlife activists, who have raised concerns that the order, which allows the animal to be shot dead by people living in the periphery of forests, might result in overkilling of wild boars.

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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