Weekly Green News Update for Week 25 (June 20 to 26), 2016


Weekly green news update from across different media networks for week 25 (between June 20 to June 26) 2016.

1. NGT directs Delhi govt to probe tree felling by SDMC

National Green Tribunal today rapped the South Delhi Municipal Corporation for felling trees while constructing storm water drains and directed the Forest Department of Delhi Government to probe the issue within a week.

2. Rain brings down pollution

Rain over the past few days didn’t just bring down the mercury, but gave Delhiites a literal breather, with levels of air pollution dipping on Tuesday.

3. Ban on uncertified CNG kits: Pollution control body backs Delhi govt’s move, market spooked

The transport department geared up for an inquiry into allegations of uncertified CNG kits being fit in cars, even as environmentalists backed the Delhi government’s ban on registrations, while installation centres and distributors expressed worry over losses.

4. Revive water bodies in Dwarka before rains: NGT tells Delhi govt

The National Green Tribunal on Wednesday directed the Delhi government to revive water bodies in Dwarka sub-city here before the onset of monsoon after a plea alleged that they were in a dilapidated condition.

5. NGT allows registration of vehicles for maintenance of sewer system

The National Green Tribunal has directed the Delhi government to register two new diesel vehicles, conforming to BS-IV norms, for maintenance of sewer system.

6. Green experts seek revival of natural drainage system

While engineers say improper road design, quick-fix solutions and “perpetual construction activities” are to blame for water logging issues, environmentalists have a different take.

7. ‘Ban On Tree Pruning Is Tripping Delhi’s Power Supply’

The stringent law to prevent unnecessary felling of trees in the national Capital has become an obstacle to Delhi Power Department’s commitment to provide uninterrupted electricity supply to the city.

8. River Yamuna ‘close to death’: New study warns Delhi’s waterway is ‘toxic’ even after treatment and should not be used for drinking or irrigation

A new study has revealed that the Yamuna River in Delhi has almost ‘died’ – and there are no signs of healing as even after treatment, the water remains toxic and unfit for any purpose.

9. NHAI to use solid waste from Ghazipur for DelhiMeerut E-way

The National Highways Authority of India plans to utilise the solid waste from Ghazipur in construction of Delhi-Meerut Expressway to curb pollution.

10. Draft National Forest Policy proposes green tax to address forestry woes

The environment ministry has released the draft of India’s new National Forest Policy, proposing the levy of a green tax for facilitating ecologically responsible behaviour, supplementing financial resources essential to address forestry woes.

11. Govt makes a U-turn on move to amend forest policy

Ten days after issuing an office memorandum inviting comments on the Draft National Forest Policy, 2016, the Union environment ministry has backtracked on its decision, saying what it had “inadvertently” uploaded on its website as the draft policy was just a “study”.

12. Pollution above limit all year

Over the past six years, Ahmedabad has been turning into a veritable gas chamber with particulate matter, noxious gases, and other impurities breaching permissible limits.

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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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