Pune, Western Maharashtra emerge as air pollution hotspots in India

Air pollution, particularly levels of Nitrogen Dioxide and Sulfur Dioxide, rose sharply in towns and cities in Western Maharashtra in 2016, according to data from the National Air Quality Monitoring Programme of India. Though 2016 saw a worsening of air quality across the country, the deterioration was marked and noticeable in Western Maharashtra. Arranged by the levels of Sulfur Dioxide in the air, the top four cities in India belongs to Western Maharashtra, as does six of the top seven. Similarly, for Nitrogen Dioxide, the top three were in Western…

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Mumbai’s Viviana Mall installs India’s largest rooftop solar plant

Viviana Mall in Mumbai has installed one of the largest single-site solar plants in India. The mall, located in Thane, has constructed a 900,000 volt-ampere rooftop solar power plant, which the company said was the biggest in India. 900,000 volt-ampere refers to the peak capacity of the power plant. It implies that at full power (during noon on a sunny day for example), you can power 80,000 LED lamps using the electricity generated by the rooftop panels, or operate 9,000 LCD televisions. The plant will be able to generate about…

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India adds 1,732 MW of hydro-power capacity

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated three hydro-electric projects in Himachal Pradesh, representing 1,732 MW of generating capacity, to the nation today. The biggest of the three is NTPC’s Koldam, which has four generating units of 200 MW each. The second biggest was Parbati Stage-III, which comprises 4 units of 130 MW each and is operated by NHPC. The third one, Rampur hydro-electric project, has 6 units of 68.67 MW each and is operated by SJVN. All were built with generating equipment supplied and commissioned by Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL)….

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L&T partners with Microsoft to set up “Green Campuses”

L&T Technology Services, the information technology company of the L&T group, said it has partnered with Microsoft Corporation to offer a solution to lower energy bills and cost of maintenance. L&T Technology Service’s Integrated Building Energy Management Systems (iBEMS) framework will be available on Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform enabling enterprises to deploy and manage energy consumption as well as carbon footprint for entire campuses, buildings and facilities by the use of Internet of Things, predictive analytics and machine learning securely on the Azure cloud, said the company. iBEMS is a…

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Star rating for Indian mines by next month, satellite monitoring to check illegal activity

The government of India will introduce a star rating for mines by next month and start monitoring mining activity using satellite, said mining secretary Balvinder Kumar said at an ASSOCHAM event held in New Delhi today. “If (mines)y don’t get 4 or 5 star rating they will get 2-3 years to comply. By end of November, we will finish first phase of star rating,” he said. To check illegal mining across the country through imaginary from National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC). “We are going to monitor all the mining area…

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Tired of waiting, Govt gives more teeth to Clean Ganga Authority

The government has approved the setting up of National Mission for Clean Ganga in the place of the existing National Ganga River Basin Authority to fast track rejuvenation projects. The authority will have powers to issue directions and also to exercise the powers under the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986 to enable it to carry out efficiently its mandate, it said. “This will give more teeth to the NMCG for Clean Ganga for the environmental protection and rejuvenation of River Ganga. It will also ensure proper co-ordination with the local bodies…

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Set up a special board to resolve Cauvery water dispute – CWC Chairman

Setting up a Cauvery Water Management Board is the most ideal solution to settle the on-going Cauvery water conflict as per the directions of the Supreme Court, chairman of the Central Water Commission (CWC), Mr G.S. Jha said at an ASSOCHAM event held in New Delhi today. “The Cauvery Water Management Board is to be set up within four weeks‘ time with representatives both from Karnataka and Tamil Nadu,” said Mr Jha while addressing an ASSOCHAM conference on ‘Governance framework for harmonising water-energy usage.’ Highlighting the importance of water storage,…

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Wonderla Hyderabad waterpark installs 500 kW solar plant

Wonderla amusement park had set up a solar plant with an installed capacity of 500kW at it´s newly opened unit in Hyderabad. The installed solar plant will generate 2000 units of power daily and it is expected cater to 25 percent of Wonderla’s daily power requirement. The capacity can be enhanced to 1000kW. By this venture it becomes the first amusement park in the country to have solar power plant with this capacity. Telangana´s Electronics & Communications Department secretary, Jayesh Ranjan, IAS would inaugurate the Solar unit on the park…

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Toxic Mercury in Lights: NGO accuses MNCs of double standards

Many international lighting companies are displaying double standards by challenging India’s new mercury recycling rules, said environmental NGO Toxics Link. The NGO said these companies are resisting India’s new e-waste rules while conforming to them in other countries. ¨However, the same companies for long have been fulfilling their commitments under the waste of electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) directive of the European Union(EU), and are responsible for the end of life management of mercury bearing lamps in all the member states of the EU. It is ironical that they refuse to…

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Ducon, Chinese co to market NOx catalyst for power plants in India

Ducon Infratechnologies, a technology company providing solutions in the digital and infrastructure space, signed an agreement with Zhejiang Hailiang Ecological Materials of China to market and distribute DeNOx catalyst — used to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions from thermal power plants. Ducon’s DeNOx systems uses catalysis technology and control engineering for easy erection in new and existing power plants, said the Indian company. Besides the low capital equipment cost advantage, Ducon’s systems offer complete inspection, engineering, removal and replacement services from the company, the company further added. As per the new…

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Thomas Cook to provide free toilets at tourist spots across India

Thomas Cook said it is planning to install pre-fabricated toilets at tourist spots, starting with Ooty. This Pre-fabricated toilet units can be used free of cost and the units will be maintained by Thomas Cook India’s subsidiary, Sterling Resorts. These toilets will include an exhaust fans, hand-wash and air freshener. They will be cleaned every hour, said the travel services company. “Through this initiative, we at Thomas Cook India, intend to improve the sanitation & hygiene of prime tourist locations across India,” Said, Abraham Alapatt – President & Group Head…

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Rs 560 crore Ganga cleaning project launched at Kanpur

Union Minister for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Sushri Uma Bharti launched various projects worth Rs 560 crore under Namami Gange programme at Ganga Barrage in Kanpur today, said ministry of water resource. This includes Rs 63 crore interception and diversion plan of Sisamau drain, Rs 397 crore networking schemes and river front development scheme at Bithoor worth Rs 100 crore added the ministry. 14 Ghats and five crematoria will be constructed at Bithoor under this project. Speaking on the occasion the local MP and former Union Minister…

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Defence Ministry launches ambitious Tree Plantation Drive

Border Roads Organisation, which constructs roads for the Ministry of Defence, have launched a tree plantation drive in the Northern & Eastern states of India yesterday said the defence ministry. Lt Gen Suresh Sharma, Director General Border Roads said that two lakh saplings will be planted across the country under this programme. Sharma added that it was one of the biggest ever tree plantation drive undertaken by the BRO with the aim to protect the ecology and increase the green cover along the border areas of the Country. BRO also plans to…

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Burning waste could be leading to more lighting deaths — CSE

A new study by Down To Earth magazine has unearthed clear links between air pollution and the incidence of deaths by lightning. According to an article in the magazine, published by the Center for Science and Environment or CSE, areas with high particulate pollution tend to experience more number of extreme weather events. Lightning deaths in the past decade establish this connection, the article said, quoting scientists. Since the year 2000, over 30,000 have died in India due to lightning strikes making it the leading weather-related cause of death in…

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BARC cuts cost of Chromium detection by 84% with new device

BARC (Bhabha Atomic Research Centre) said they developed a portable kit to detect toxic chromium in drinking water and tap water, lakes, rivers as well as ground water at a cost of Rs 16 per sample. Existing kits for onsite detection of Hexavalent Chromium are currently imported and the cost of analysis is beyond Rs100 per sample, said BARC. Chromium in the environment primarily exists as Trivalent Chromium Cr(III) and Hexavalent Chromium Cr(VI). Hexavalent Chromium Cr (VI) is toxic and the World Health Organization has classified it as carcinogenic and…

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Power Finance Corp, NHAI to ‘greenify’ Nagpur highways

National Highway Authority of India said that it has partnered with Power Finance Corporation under their “Adopt a Green Highway Program” to plant trees on an 87 km stretch of NH 7 in Nagpur. Power Finance Corporation will donate Rs. 13 crore for plantation and five year maintenance under their CSR funds for the project. It will cover the Borkhedi – Wadner & Khatara – Kelapur route the government added. This event marks the first collaboration with the National Green Highways Mission – NHAI under their ‘Adopt a Green Highways’ Program. The…

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CNG-fueled bikes? Why not, says the government

After autorickshaws, cars and buses, the government is now targeting the two-wheelers for CNG conversion. A pilot CNG-program under GAIL and Indraprastha Gas will test the suitability of CNG as a fuel for two-wheelers. Typically, natural gas is not considered an ideal fuel for smaller vehicles. However, given its low pollution footprint, the fuel was adopted for public transport in India’s big cities over the last ten years. At present, nearly all public transport and a large chunk of private cars run on compressed natural gas. However, natural gas has…

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IGL opens 72 new CNG outlets in 4 months, to open 18 this month

Indraprastha Gas Limited said it opened 72 outlets of compressed natural gas in the national capital region in the last four months and another 18 will be opened this month. These have been opened at the fuel outlets of Indian Oil, BPCL and HPCL. “While 51 out of these 72 CNG fuelling facilities are located in NCT of Delhi, 21 are located in NCR towns of Greater Noida and Ghaziabad. IGL, a joint venture of GAIL (India) Ltd. and BPCL along with Govt. of NCT of Delhi is the largest…

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India’s National Solar Mission gets off to a jump start, to exceed target this year

India is set to nearly double its solar power generation capacity in the ongoing financial year and comfortably exceed its target of adding 1.8 GW of extra capacity during the year. According to numbers obtained from various government sources, the country is all set to end the current financial year with a total solar power generation capacity of about 6 GW. In comparison, India had only 3.5 GW of operational capacity in February of 2015. Moreover, the performance and efficiency of solar PV plants that have been put up under the National Solar Mission…

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Tata Motors joins RE100 renewable energy group

Tata Motors Limited, India’s largest automobile manufacturer, has become the second Indian company to join RE100 – a global initiative of the world’s most influential companies committed to 100% renewable power. The company, which manufactures a range of commercial and passenger vehicles as well as defence and homeland security vehicles, has set itself the goal of using 100% renewable energy. The move follows BMW Group joining RE100 in December last year. The group is led by The Climate Group in partnership with CDP. Mr. Arvind Bodhankar, Chief Sustainability Officer of…

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