New entity planned to aid land acquisition process

Dec 28, 2016- The Energy Ministry has been mulling establishing an entity to help the Budhi Gandaki Hydroelectric Project Development Committee in land acquisition and rehabilitation of locals who will be displaced by the 1,200 MW scheme.

The proposed body will work with the project development committee and help it to acquire land and resettle the residents, according to the Energy Ministry.

The entity will be headed by a coordinator and consist of experts. Last week, the ministry published a wanted notice for the post of coordinator while the specialists will be picked directly by the government.

“After the organization is formed, the development of Budhi Gandaki Hydro will be expedited,” said Gokarna Raj Pantha.

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Research body devises 4 steps for clean water

Chennai: To demonstrate that industrial effluents and sewage can be treated by natural methods and reused for irrigating aqua and agricultural farming, the M S Swaminathan Research Foundation has innovated a four-step biotreatment method. The project is part of 'Water 4 Crops', an Indo-European collaborative project executed as twin projects, 'Water 4 Crops-EU' and 'Water 4 Crops-India'.

As one of the 14 consortium partners of India, MSSRF has designed low-cost technologies for treating wastewater from sugar and distillery units of KCP Sugar and Industrial Co-operation Ltd in Krishna district of Andhra Pradesh. After discovering that wastewater from effluent treatment plants in the KCP sugar unit contained toxins beyond permissible limit for use in aqua and agro farming, MSSRF began the project in 2013. Since 2014, sugarcane farmers have been using water from the bio-treatment plant for irrigation. Read more

Courtesy: The Times of India

Air pollution can make you more susceptible to tuberculosis

The pollution choking most Indian cities and causing premature deaths due to pulmonary and cardiac diseases can be hazardous in yet another way. Air pollution makes a person more susceptible to tuberculosis and public health experts say that high levels of microscopic particulate matter is probably adding to the large number of cases of TB in the country.

India already has a quarter of the world’s disease burden of tuberculosis. An estimated 3.8 million Indians are thought to suffer from the condition.

TB has been documented to have a high incidence among workers in particulate dust-generating occupations such as coal mining, gold mining, and stone. But now doctors day that exposure to air pollution reduces immunity to disease. Air is deemed to be polluted when it contains high levels of particulate matter smaller than 10 microns and 2.5 microns. Read more


Madhya Pradesh wants Bina complex to be linked to Ken-Betwa project

Madhya Pradesh has demanded to link Bina Complex with the second phase of the Ken-Betwa river linking project. Minister for Water Resources, Public Relations and Parliamentary Affairs, Norattam Mishra demanded to link Bina Complex with the second phase of Ken-Betwa Project at the 11th Special Committee Meeting on Rivers Linkage at New Delhi yesterday, an official of the Public Relation department said today.

Bina Complex Irrigation and Multipurpose Project is an ambitious project of Water Resource Department of Government of Madhya Pradesh.

It comprises construction of four dams namely Madia reservoir, Dehra dam, Dhasan dam and Chakarpur dam in Sagar district, the official said. Read more

Courtesy: The Indian Express

Mines Ministry to launch app for monitoring illegal mining

The Union Ministry of Mines will be soon launching a mobile app that will alert authorities on illegal mining. “The photos taken from the suspected sites of illegal mines once uploaded on the Android mobile will immediately identify the area and send message to the concerned authority for verification.

“Even if the earth is dug up for some other activities near the mine, it will alert the authorities”, Secretary of the Ministry of Mines, Balvinder Kumar, said here today. “A team of officials will carry out physical verification to check if it is related to the mine or outside the mine and initiate necessary action against such acts with the help of civic and other authorities”, Kumar told reporters. Read more

Courtesy: The Indian Express