Weekly Environmental News Update for Week 03, 2021

Weekly Media Roundup

Weekly environmental news update from across different media networks for week 03 (January 18 to 24) 2021.

Delhi records worst January AQI in 3 years
This January, Delhi has already recorded six “severe” air days, three times more than last January.

Delhi: Work halted at 27 places, Rs 76 lakh fine for dust norm violations
Delhi Pollution Control Committee and state pollution control boards of Haryana, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh levied an environmental compensation of nearly Rs 76 lakh on construction and demolition sites and vehicles for flouting norms of dust control.

Air Quality panel tasks agencies to develop tool for targeted pollution control
The interventions suggested by the tool can be implemented by the pollution control boards and its implementation can be monitored by citizen watch groups and NGOs.

High rise near DU North campus will need new environmental clearance, NGT told
After concerns about the project’s impact on the area’s air quality, traffic, groundwater and other issues were raised in the application.

DJB to form real-time monitoring system for water supply
The Delhi Jal Board will establish a state-of-the-art, real-time monitoring system for ensuring Delhi’s water supply as well as the proper functioning of ‘Water Treatment Plant’ through the ‘Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition’ (SCADA) system.

Delhi Jal Board to expedite key project to monitor supply
DJB vice-chairman on Tuesday reviewed the ongoing work on the supervisory control and data acquisition (Scada) centre to ensure DJB is prepared to monitor and meet the increased demand of water during summer.

Treated wastewater be given for agriculture to curb groundwater exploitation in Delhi: NGT
A four-member committee appointed by the National Green Tribunal has said the Delhi government should consider providing treated wastewater for agriculture through an irrigation canal network to curb groundwater exploitation in the city.

Delhi: Three baolis set to get a fresh lease of life
A no-objection certificate for rejuvenation of three water bodies under the ASI has already been issued to the DJB in September, the report stated.

Centre targets Delhi govt. over Yamuna pollution
The Centre on Tuesday accused Delhi of being a “habitual offender” in polluting the waters of the Yamuna.

Hippo kept illegally by circus management now in the hands of animal body
The Delhi High Court also issued non-bailable warrants against the proprietor of Asiad Circus.

Ensure scientific management of e-waste, environmental crimes as serious as assault: NGT to CPCB
NGT directed the CPCB on Monday to ensure scientific management of e-waste saying environmental crimes are as serious as cases of assaults.

IIT-Delhi installs environment-friendly charging station
The Indian Institute of Technology Delhi has inaugurated an environment friendly and high durable Vanadium Redox Flow Battery based Charging Station for Electronic Devices in the campus on Monday.

Extreme weather events may surge in near future
India needs to be ready and come up with specific projection models on how these changes will affect agriculture, health and other sectors to cope with their impact, M Rajeevan Nair, secretary to the ministry of earth sciences.

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