In a major environmental move, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has announced that his government has decided to introduce a website to keep a record of trees in major municipal corporations in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region.
Replying to a debate on the cutting of trees in Mumbai for development works in the Legislative Assembly, Fadnavis said directives will be given for preparing a comprehensive website which will keep a record of trees -- number of trees cut for development projects, transplantation and forestation with photographs and Geotag.
The government has decided to appoint facilitation officers in over 200 rural districts to help poor people coordinate with the government and the courts, and work towards getting their cases heard in fast-track courts.
These officers will be hired in the districts where the court cases are pending for over 10 years, Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said.
Addressing a function at the Allahabad High Court, Prasad said, “There are around 2.5 lakh common service centres (CSCs) i...
An amendment that declares the country’s water supplies to be ‘a public good managed by the state’ and ‘not a market commodity’ has been adopted by the Slovenian Parliament.
The two million people strong country has added water to its Constitution as a fundamental right for all. It is the first European Union (EU) country to take the step.
Aiming to expand its preventive health and wellness ecosystem into public healthcare space, GOQii on Friday launched ‘GOQii Sanjeevani’ project in two villages of Maharashtra.
Sanjeevani was launched as a pilot project in the villages of Vaghadi and Charoti in Palghar district of Maharashtra, with a population of over 2,000, to address issues such as anaemia, malnutrition, women’s health and diseases predominant in rural India. As part of the project, 500 people from Vaghadi and Charoti villages with access to smart phones were shortlis...
In a big step towards water conservation, the Ministry of Railways released a new policy on March 22, coinciding with the World Water Day.
The policy, to be implemented in trains, railway stations, etc., is aimed at not only ensuring that water is not unnecessarily wasted, but also reducing Railways’ annual water bill by Rs 400 crore. The state has been supplying water to the Railways till now and the government’s annual water bill is Rs 4,000 crore.
Authorities will ens...
The clean energy arm of Hindustan Power has commissioned its second solar power plant of 50 MW capacity in Punjab at an investment cost of Rs 325 crore.
Hindustan Power said in a statement here that the high degree of solar insulation in Punjab is enabling this unit to generate 2,20,000 units of clean energy per day. The solar plant is capable of addressing the energy requirements of 73,000 households per day and has been built using crystalline silicon technology. The company said the commissioning of the 50 MW solar plant increases the cumulative s...
The National Agriculture Bank for Rural Development has initiated a campaign of water conservation in collaboration with the Department of Agriculture, Government of Bihar.
NABARAD has floated the message of water conservation across the state. Ravi Avatar Mishra, General Manager of the bank stated that a team of water specialists will visit 100 villages in three months.
NABARD will appoint Water Ambassadors in the state to educate people. The villagers would be educated abou...
Working to develop Pune into a metro city, the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnavis has approved a budget of Rs 799.65 crore for Metropolitan Region Development Authority (PMRDA). According to a press release issued by the CM’s office, the allocation would benefit projects such as Shivaji Nagar-Hinjewadi Metro, Pune-Lonavala and Pune-Daund suburban railway, outer ring road and river rejuvenation.
The decision was taken at a meeting chaired by Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and attended by Pune
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Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment would soon issue a universal identity card for the disabled of the country to help them avail government services more easily. The card will be accepted by all the central and state governments. There are 2.68 crore disabled in the country, but so far there is no proper identity document for them, Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment Thawar Chand Gehlot told Lok Sabha recently. The card will be linked with the Aadhar card and the data will be available online to ensure transparency, he added.
In view of the water scarcity in the Palamau and Garhwa areas of Jharkhand, the Chief Minister of the state Raghubar Das has decided to supply water to these areas through pipes. The Chief Minister announced, “Water would soon be supplied to Palamau and Garhwa through pipeline from Sone River.”
Foundation stone of the Rs 4,000 crore project would be laid in May, and people there would not have any problem for drinking water and irrigation. By 2021-22, water would be supplied through pipe-line throu...
Spreading the word of saving environment, around 5,000 school students took part in an environment awareness rally on Rajpath. The rally was held under the Swachh Paryavaran Campaign initiated by PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry and was attended by Union Minister of Environment, Forest, Climate Control Anil Madhav Dave and Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Vijay Goel, according to a release.
The theme of the rally was environment awareness with the underlying sub-themes of water conservation, prevention of air and water pollution, encouragement of ...
A Rs 1,750 crore City Gas Distribution (CGD) project is set to be launched in Bhubaneshwar and Cuttack, that will also bring environment friendly natural gas to state of Odisha.
Natural gas will be supplied to these cities through the Jagdishpur Haldia & Bokaro Dhamra Natural Gas Pipeline (JHBDPL), titled ‘Pradhan Mantri Urja Ganga’, GAIL Director (Projects) Ashutosh Karnatak and GAIL Gas Limited CEO PK Pal have announced.
Households and small industries in the...
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