Weekly Green News Update for Week 13 (Mar 28 to Apr 03), 2016


Weekly green news update from across different media networks for week 13 (between March 28 and April 03) 2016.

1. NGT notice to Centre on air pollution at petrol pumps

The menace of toxic emissions at petrol pumps in the national capital has come under the lens of the National Green Tribunal which has asked the Centre to respond to a plea alleging lack of air quality norms at fuel stations.

2. Smouldering Mountains Of Garbage Poison Delhi’s Air, Water

Despite a ban on the burning leaves and waste, three huge mountains of garbage have been smouldering for days near the outskirts of Delhi, expelling more toxic fumes in the world’s most polluted city.

3. Delhi roads to be vacuum cleaned from today

Starting Friday, vacuum cleaning will start on the Capital’s roads along with green makeover for the bald patches in an attempt to fight the menace of dust.

4. War on dust pollution begins

After delivering on his promise to vacuum clean streets and plant trees on bald patches under his jurisdiction, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is expected to give deadlines to several government departments to take on dust pollution across the Capital early next week.

5. Diesel cars hit pollution road-block: Drivers buying new vehicles in Delhi-NCR may have to pay up to 30% of their cost in green tax

Four months after targeting the affluent for using diesel cars and polluting the air, the Supreme Court hinted on Thursday that even the aam aadmi who opt for the fuel will not be spared.

6. It’s now or never for the Yamuna

The lifeline of the city is dying. The statement won’t cause a controversy or shock anyone these days.

7. Flood alert: ‘Yamuna floodplains drastically narrowed’

With land regulation along the Yamuna remaining lax, there is danger ahead.

8. Submit list of hotels extracting groundwater without nod, NGT asks Delhi Jal Board

In response to a petition concerning unauthorised extraction of groundwater, the National Green Tribunal Thursday directed the Delhi Jal Board to submit a list of hotels which were extracting groundwater without prior permission from Central Ground Water Authority.

9. Don’t surrender the amount allotted for Yamuna: NGT to Delhi Jal Board

The National Green Tribunal today directed Delhi Jal Board not to surrender the amount allocated to it in the last fiscal for rejuvenation of Yamuna to the Delhi government.

10. Hardlook- ‘Delhi Landmark Tree Map’: Know your trees- Capital’s ‘green folk’ get their very own map

In a first-of-its-kind initiative, two Delhi-based environmental conservation organisations have created a tree map on which they have represented 59 key species of trees in the capital.

11. Check Pollution Due To Weddings: Green Panel Tells Delhi Government

National Green Tribunal has rapped the Delhi government over delay in devising strategy for better implementation of pollution control laws and directed it to convene a meeting in this regard within two weeks after a plea drew attention to violation of rules during weddings.

12. NGT notice to Centre on microbeads in cosmetics

The National Green Tribunal has recently issued notices to the ministries of environment, water resources, and health, asking for their comments on microbeads found in personal care products.

13. Wasteland of used electronics thrives on Delhi’s outskirts

The smell is the first thing that hits you — a foul mixture of nitrous, lead and sulphur dioxide fumes — before your eyes start to water.

14. Central pollution board summons Ajoy Mehta to Delhi

A high-level committee of the Central Pollution Control Board in Delhi has summoned municipal commissioner Ajoy Mehta, the urban development department secretary and the environment secretary on Wednesday, in connection with the Deonar dumping ground fire in Mumbai.

15. After Taj Mahal, air pollution now takes sheen off Amritsar’s Golden Temple

The chronic air pollution blanketing much of northern India is now threatening the holiest shrine in the Sikh religion, making the once-gleaming walls of the Golden Temple dingy and dull.

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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