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Birds take flight as realty boom jolts Okhla sanctuary (September Week #1 (2013))
Okhla Bird Sanctuary is in danger . At least 10 realty projects within a kilometre radius of its Noida boundary might just sound its death knell. High rises , flyovers , malls and heavy traffic on roads on both sides of the ailing sanctuary have not just
driven away the winged visitors , but also destroyed the microhabitat that could have been an excellent groundwater recharge system as well as the city's lung . 

The projects have come up on the potential eco-sensitive zone (ESZ ) of the sanctuary without environmental clearance or the wildlife board's permission , exposing the collusion between realty giants and the government . When TOI visited the sanctuary
, it found a strip of small trees on the Noida side, which could hardly protect the fragile habitat of the sanctuary from the pollution caused by the projects that have encroached upon the eco-sensitive zone occupying 10km radius , as defined by the Supreme
Court . The Delhi side is absolutely bare . The boundary wall towards the Jamia Nagar side in Delhi has been broken up in places to dump waste . Uttar Pradesh is one of the many states that have not notified the ESZ around its national parks and sanctuaries
, leading to degradation of the Okhla sanctuary's rich wetland ecosystem . Data with the Noida Authority shows there are 53 projects in various stages of construction within the ESZ .

Read More at

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/environment/developmental-issues/birds-take-flight-as-realty-boom-jolts-okhla-sanctuary/articleshow/22244042.cms

Shifting lions from Gujarat: MP govt seeks Rs 7cr from Centre (Issue of the week, August Week #5 (2013))

"... the Supreme Court has passed final orders on the shifting of Asiatic lions from Gujarat to Madhya Pradesh directing the ministry of environment and forests to take urgent steps for their reintroduction,"
former Madhya Pradesh principal chief conservator of forests (Wildlife) PK Shukla has said in a letter to enviroment ministry (MoEF).


Shukla had sought grant of Rs 737.42 lakh for various works, including transportation of animals, strengthening of protection infrastructure and 


habitat development among others at the sanctuary, located about 300 kms from here.





Read More at http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2013-08-18/flora-fauna/41421923_1_palpur-kuno-sanctuary-asiatic-lions-madhya-pradesh





Kaziranga reels from twin blows (August Week #5 (2013))

Kaziranga National Park suffered a double blow today with poachers killing two rhinos in the wee hours of the morning and the Union defence ministry turning down a proposal of deploying unmanned aircraft at
the world heritage site.


The rhinos were killed at the Burapahar range of Kaziranga National Park around 3am. The poachers managed to remove the horn of the female rhino before fleeing.


Forest guards responded and there was a shootout with the poachers after which four cartridges of AK-47 rifles were recovered. Today's incident takes the number of rhinos killed in the park this year already
to 18. Last year, the park had lost 17 rhinos.


Read more at http://www.telegraphindia.com/1130822/jsp/frontpage/story_17258440.jsp#.UhWtWSLixIg


Villagers say won’t ever leave sanctuary (August Week #5 (2013))
And one approaches the Asola Bhatti Wildlife Sanctuary in the southern ridge, one would hope to leave behind all this and enjoy exotic plants, rare animals amid dense forests and water bodies. What comes
across, however, is totally unexpected.

Welcome to Sanjay Colony, a village of 25,000 people living illegally in the sanctuary without access to proper housing, toilets, drinking water 

and other similar amenities.....

The villagers — artisans in stone-cutting and quarrying — migrated from Pakistan via Rajasthan.  They mined quartzite rocks, which yielded 

high quality silica sand — locally known as ‘Badarpur’ or ‘Bajri’.  Mining continues in Haryana across the border and in some parts of Delhi.

Read more at http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/NewDelhi/Villagers-say-won-t-ever-leave-sanctuary/Article1-1110272.aspx




Wind-solar energy projects best for Melghat (August Week #5 (2013))

Even if hilly Melghat has good potential for solar energy, heavy rain during monsoon makes solar energy projects ineffective.  


To tide over the crisis wind-solar energy projects can be the best solution for tribal-dominated region in Amravati district. ..............


Rithe explained about the projects being implemented by NCSA in Melghat villages. Banthia was highly impressed by the man-made lake 


developed by the society at Muthwa. He called to promote ecotourism in the tribal belt with the help of locals.





Read more at http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2013-08-19/nagpur/41424499_1_ncsa-melghat-semadoh





Vedanta urges Odisha to explore laterite mining (August Week #5 (2013))

Laterite is a minor industrial mineral whose exploitation would not require central government approval, Vedanta's presentation to the ministers points out.


"The company, while it was shut for six months, experimented with laterite from Andhra Pradesh, and brought this to our notice. But as an industrial mineral, it falls under the revenue department... we have
to look into it," said Odisha's steel and mines minister Rajanikant Singh.


Deposits occur within 100km of Vedanta's plant, which is equipped to use it as an alternate exigency feed, said a Vedanta official who asked not to be quoted.





Read more http://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com/2013-08-19/news/41425263_1_odisha-ministers-niyam-raja-kalahandi





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