Weekly Environmental News Update for Week 05, 2021

Weekly Media Roundup

Weekly environmental news update from across different media networks for week 05 (February 1 to 7) 2021.

1. Delhi’s air pollution level remains in ‘very poor’ zone despite rain; AQI docks at 315
Delhi NCR pollution level today: Air quality in Delhi stood in the ‘very poor’ category on Friday, with SAFAR recording an overall AQI of 315.

2. Some good news: Annual concentration of PM in air down since 2016
The affidavit also listed efforts undertaken by the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare to prevent and control stubble burning.

3. Delhi Jal Board readies summer action plan
Delhi Jal Board on Friday held a meeting to review the plan to assess the city’s water requirement during the lean summer months

4. In Three Years: Plan to bring 1,799 unauthorised colonies under DJB net
Figures shared by DJB officials show that of 1,799 unauthorised colonies, water lines have been laid in 1,622 and supply has been released in 1,571 as of January

5. No waste plant for industries meets water quality norms, reports DPCC
All operational CETPs  in the capital do not meet the permissible water quality standards, a report prepared by DPCC has revealed

6. NGT directs Delhi govt, Municipal Corporations to remediate legacy waste dumpsites
NGT has directed the Delhi govt and the municipal corporations concerned, to coordinate and execute the work of remediating the legacy waste dumpsites for enforcing the rule of law and protection of the environment and public health.

7. Delhi: How corporations plan to flatten one landfill each over next three yrs
The three municipal corporations in the city are targeting to flatten its main garbage dumps by September 2024

8. Budget 2021: Hydrogen mission; solar energy, clean air among focus areas
Centre’s clean air programme got a shot in the arm with Sitharaman announcing a fund of ₹2,217 crore for air pollution control in 42 cities

9. Experts ‘disappointed’ over reduction in allocation to environment ministry
The Rs 230-crore reduction in the budgetary allocation to the environment ministry has drawn flak from environmentalists who say it may slow down or completely halt green initiatives.

10. Uttarakhand glacier burst: Heavy damage to two hydel projects at the epicentre
Massive floods caused by a glacier breach in Uttarakhand’s Chamoli on Sunday washed away the under-construction Rishiganga hydro project and caused heavy damage to the 530MW Dhauliganga hydel project.

11. Delhi: Check dams to help Asola animals
The forest department of Delhi government has built 45 check dams in Asola Bhatti Wildlife Sanctuary to prevent soil erosion, conserve rainwater and groundwater table to help wildlife and improve plantation.

12. Aravallis: Mysterious deaths of leopards, 2 hyenas shock villagers
A leopard and two hyenas were found dead under mysterious circumstances on Tuesday in the Aravallis near Sohna. The carcasses of the animals were first spotted by villagers of Nangli village.

13. Delhi cabinet gives nod to restore more than 400 hectares of Central Ridge
The Delhi cabinet Monday approved a plan to restore over 400 hectares of the Central Ridge, that is currently covered by an invasive tree species planted by the British in the 1930s.

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