Environment Ministry

Govt suggests norms for units dealing with hazardous chemicals

Industrial units dealing with hazardous chemicals should subscribe to a special insurance policy to cover liabilities likely to arise on account of any disaster or accident, failing which they will not be allowed to continue operations, the government today said.

Sep 07, 2015, 20:49 PM IST

Bring rules to check pet-care market where cruelty is norm: Law Commission

Despite violation of animal rights, the Environment Ministry has failed to notify rules for the past five years to regulate the pet care market in India estimated at Rs 800 crore citing lack of enabling provisions in the law, the Law Commission said today.

Aug 28, 2015, 21:19 PM IST

Centre gives green nod to rebuild MP flats in Lutyens zone

The Centre has given environment clearance for redevelopment of flats for Members of Parliament (MP) at North and South Avenue in the national capital, which would entail an investment of about Rs 600 crore.

Aug 26, 2015, 14:43 PM IST

Chopper services in Kedarnath: NGT notice to Centre, Uttarakhand

Concern over the "looming threat" to flora and fauna in the eco-sensitive Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary from helicopter operations to fly pilgrims to the religious shrine there was expressed by an environmental group today, leading the green tribunal to seek responses from the Environment Ministry and Uttarakhand government.

Aug 24, 2015, 18:46 PM IST

Over 50 predominantly polluting units identified in Ghaziabad: Environment Ministry

More than 50 predominantly polluting units have been identified in Ghaziabad against which "priority" action will be taken, the Environment Ministry Thursday said.

Aug 13, 2015, 22:04 PM IST

Vedanta to restart iron ore mining operations in Goa

Anil Agarwal-led mining firm Vedanta on Monday said it has received necessary government approvals and will resume operations from today at its biggest iron ore mine at Codli in Sanguem taluka in Goa.

Aug 10, 2015, 11:48 AM IST

Over 35,000 died in India in last decade due to air pollution: Govt

The government on Thursday said that more than 35,000 people had died due to acute respiratory infections (ARI) across India in close to 10 years.

Aug 07, 2015, 09:51 AM IST

Six green law amendments to be finalised by Oct: Javadekar

Union Environment Ministry is likely to finalise the amendments to the six green laws by October this year after consultations with legal experts and stakeholders.

Jul 29, 2015, 21:31 PM IST

Centre, states asked to deal with increasing e-waste

Noting that generation of e-waste is increasing at a "staggering" pace and there is a "yawning gap" between its generation and capacity to deal with it, a parliamentary panel Thursday urged the Centre and state authorities to take immediate remedial measures.

Jul 23, 2015, 18:46 PM IST

HLC report without meaningful consultations: Parliamentary panel

A Parliamentary panel has recommended formation of a new committee to consider afresh specific areas of environmental policy after it found the objections raised by experts on the proposals of a high-level committee constituted to review green laws as "valid".

Jul 21, 2015, 16:19 PM IST

NGT quashes 2 office memoranda of MoEF on environ clearances

The National Green Tribunal Tuesday quashed two office memoranda of the Environment Ministry dealing with the issue of clearances for major and minor projects, saying they suffered from infirmity of "lack of inherent jurisdiction and authority."

Jul 08, 2015, 00:28 AM IST

Substandard plastic bags: Centre to impose fines on street vendors

Concerned over the growing waste menace, including plastic scrap, the government intends to impose fines on street vendors for providing substandard plastic carry bags among a slew of other stringent measures to tackle the issue.

Jun 30, 2015, 22:51 PM IST

Govt to upgrade three CETPs into ZLD units: Javadekar

The Environment Ministry has planned upgrading of three common effluent treatment plants (CETPs), which treats the discharge of 440 highly-polluting tanneries on the main stem of river Ganga, into zero liquid discharge (ZLD) units.

Jun 30, 2015, 19:48 PM IST

Environment Ministry to create 'urban forest' to increase green cover

 With an aim to increase green cover, the Environment Ministry has decided to create "Urban Forests" by utilising forest land lying vacant or degraded in various cities across the country.

Jun 03, 2015, 19:11 PM IST

Tendulkar, Kohli to plant saplings on 'World Environment Day'

The Environment Ministry has invited eminent sportspersons including star crickters Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli and double Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar to participate in a countrywide sapling plantation drive on the occasion of 'World Environment Day' on June 5.

Jun 03, 2015, 19:05 PM IST

NDA not different from UPA in green clearances: CSE

Despite widespread perception, the NDA government's record of giving green clearances has "not" been different from the previous UPA regime and it has brought "selective" changes to regulations in the name of streamlining the system without strengthening grass-root institutions, a green body said on Tuesday.

May 26, 2015, 17:17 PM IST

MoEF mulls stringent penalties for green violators

The Environment Ministry is mulling stringent penalties including financial and criminal action for violators by bringing amendments to the Environment Protection Act and creating a "reign of enforcement".

May 24, 2015, 10:40 AM IST

Govt transfers forest clearance from earlier allotee to Essar

Essar Power need not apply for fresh forest clearances for captive coal mines in Jharkhand as the government has transferred to it the approvals granted to the earlier allotee.

May 20, 2015, 18:33 PM IST

Address issue of cell tower radiation: Parl panel to govt

Observing that electromagnetic radiation from cell towers are a matter of "great concern", a parliamentary panel has asked the Environment Ministry to address the issue "comprehensively" and evolve a mechanism to create awareness among the people.

May 17, 2015, 11:30 AM IST

Parl panel calls for 'multi-pronged' strategy to protect Taj

Amidst reports pointing at the discolouration of Taj Mahal, a parliamentary panel has recommended that a "multi-pronged" strategy be adopted to preserve the "pristine beauty" of the monument and asked the Archeological Survey of India to submit at the earliest an action plan for the same.

May 10, 2015, 10:34 AM IST