Delhi Environment Minister concerned about adjoining States' commitment to curb air pollution

11th November 2019


Shri Kailash Gahlot, the Environment Minister of Delhi raised concerns over the absence of environment ministers of Punjab, Haryana, U.P., and Rajasthan and officials from all MCDs and DDA in a crucial meeting called by the Centre to prepare a roadmap to contain air pollution in NCR, in a press conference held today at the Delhi Secretariat.


“This lax approach can’t bring any positive results in the efforts to contain pollution. It is unfortunate that it happened in spite of the strict directions from the Supreme Court and even after summoning the Chief Secretaries of the respective states by the apex court. I am writing a letter to the Chief Ministers of the respective states raising this issue and requesting on behalf of the people of Delhi to stop stubble burning in the respective states. Yesterday and today, Delhi witnessed increased pollution”, said Shri Kailash Gahlot.


“Dust originated from the roads, particularly from unpaved roads is one of the major sources of pollution within Delhi. Mostly, these roads fall under MCDs. The empty land patches that create dust fall under DDA. Neither MCD commissioners nor DDA VC and officials were present in the meeting. Without the cooperation of such agencies dust sources and garbage that causes pollution can’t be controlled. It is unfortunate that such a serious issue has been neglected by these agencies” said Mr. Gahlot. In such a situation, “how a roadmap can be prepared without political will and 100% commitment?” asked the minister.


In the meeting called by the union government, Mr. Gahlot expressed his anguish about the slow rate of distribution of machines to farmers, so that farmers don’t require to burn stubbles. “As per the affidavit submitted to the Supreme Court by the centre, 63000 machines were distributed in 2018-19 and 40000 in 2019-20 to the farmers in Punjab and Haryana. If we consider the number of farmers in Punjab alone it is 27 lakh as per various studies. If the distribution of the machines occurs at this speed it will take 50-60 years to complete. If the speed is not increased, again there will be heavy air pollution in NCR at the onset of the next winter, as farmers in these states may resort to stubble burning” said the minister.


It is ironical that the case of stubble burning increases in spite of the directions by the Supreme Court to the officials starting from Chief Secretaries to District Magistrates to Gram Panchayat Officials and efforts to fix responsibilities. As per the reports, the share of stubble burning is increasing in the air pollution”, said Mr. Gahlot. The minister on behalf of the people of Delhi requested the chief ministers to stop stubble burning in the respective states. 

IOCL Panipat gets EC to set up new 2G Ethanol plant

10th November 2019

 

The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) has granted environmental clearance (EC) to Indian Oil Corporation Ltd. (IOCL)  to set up a Rs 766-crore 2G ethanol plant at Panipat,Haryana. This was aanounced by Hon'ble  Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFC&C) and  Information & Broadcasting, Shri Prakash Javadekar in a tweet today.  The Minister said, “Happy to inform that Environment Clearance is given to IOCL to set up new 2G Ethanol plant in Panipat.”  


He also said that the project would help in achieving the goal of doubling farmers’ income. “This  project not only promotes use of environment friendly fuel but also  aids in fulfilment of government’s goal of doubling farmers’ income,” he  tweeted.


This is being reckoned as Government of India’s furtherance of commitment in promoting the use of  environmentally friendly products. 

 

IOCL  had earlier submitted a proposal seeking Environmental Clearance for  its proposed 100 KLPD Ligno-Cellulosic 2G Ethanol Plant in Baholi,  Panipat district of Haryana.It is noteworthy to mention that Central  Government has identified production and use of ethanol as one the  thrust area to reduce import dependency and increase farmers’ income.  The Ethanol produced will be used for blending in transportation fuel. 


It  is also pertinent to highlight that recently the Central Government had  declared that no separate environmental clearance is required to  produce additional ethanol from B-heavy molasses as it does not  contribute to the pollution load, giving further benefits to farmers and  the sugar industry.

Hon'ble Union Minister, Shri Prakash Javadekar chaired meeting on Delhi Air Pollution

9th November 2019


Hon'ble Union Minister of Environment, Forest & Climate Change (MoEFCC) and Information & Broadcasting, Shri Prakash Javadekar chaired a meeting to review air pollution mitigation efforts with senior officials of State Governments of Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Punjab in New Delhi today. Also present in the meeting were Shri Kailash Gahlot, Transport and Environment Minister of Delhi; Shri C K   Mishra, Secretary, MoEFCC and Shri S P Singh Parihar, Chairman, CPCB. 


Speaking to media persons on the side lines of the meeting, the Minister said that collective efforts of all stakeholders are of paramount importance in order to curb the menace of air pollution and the State Governments have been instructed to work on the action plan and step up efforts on a war footing. Shri Javadekar informed that the earlier figure of 30-35 percent share in Delhi's pollution due to stubble burning in Punjab and Haryana has come down to just 3%.

Steel Scrap Recycling Policy introduced in India

In an endeavor to give further support to the National Steel Policy, 2017 the Ministry of Steel (MoS) has issued the Steel Scrap Recycling Policy on 8th November 2019. The policy aims to promote a formal and scientific collection, dismantling and processing activities for the end of life products that are sources of recyclable (ferrous, non- ferrous and other non-metallic) scraps which will lead to resource conservation and energy savings and setting up of an environmentally sound management system for handling ferrous scrap. This effort is to develop a globally competitive steel industry by adopting state of the art environment-friendly technologies. 


Steel is a material most conducive for the circular economy as it can be used, reused and recycled infinitely. While the primary source of steel making is iron ore, used or re-used steel in the form of Scrap is the secondary raw material for the steel industry. Out of the current supply of scrap in India, 25 MT is sourced from the domestic unorganized scrap industry and 7 MT was imported. As the National Steel Policy 2017 (NSP-2017) aims to create 300 Million TPA Steel production capacity by 2030, the demand for scrap is also going to increase up to 70 MT. Thus, the availability of right quality of scrap needs to be a focus, which is targetted by the SSR Policy. 

President of India Presents National CSR Awards to Select Companies

The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, presented the National Corporate Social Responsibility Awards (NCSRA) in New Delhi today, 29th October 2019. The NCSRA has been instituted by the Ministry of Corporate Affairs to recognize outstanding contributions in the field of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).


Speaking on the occasion, the president was happy to note that those sections of society that need the helping hand most are among the main beneficiaries of the CSR activities. He said that the corporations have, thus, made a worthy contribution towards the national goals. They are helping the nation progress towards the cherished goal of building a more equitable society. They have focused on sustainable projects creating a long-term impact.

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The Awards have been instituted in 2017 subsequent to the recommendations of the High-Level Committee on CSR. 

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Swawlamban & Navjiwan push 'Say No to Plastic'

Pushing further the 'Say no to plastic' drive, NGO Swawlamban in association with Navjiwan RWA organized a transformational event in which 800 to 900 high-quality jute bags were distributed in Navjeevan Vihar. This exemplary effort, with able support extended by Hon'ble Member of Parliament, Mrs. Meenakshi Lekhi is expected to inspire many in Delhi and other parts of the nation to work on the line of Hon'ble Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi's efforts and to 'Beat Plastic Pollution'- including an ambitious pledge to eliminate all single-use plastic in the country by 2022.  

Tap renewable sources to overcome the challenges posed by global warming, climate change & pollution

Hon’ble Vice President of India, Shri M Venkaiah Naidu has said that global warming and climate change are affecting various aspects of human life. Shri Naidu also said that harnessing renewable energy resources would help to overcome the daunting challenges posed by global warming, climate change and pollution generated from conventional energy sources, and ensure sustainable development.


Speaking at the inaugural of 24th SUN Meet-i-SUN CaP (International capacity Augmentation Programmes for the “Sunshine Countries of ISA” organized by the Indian Institute of Public Administration (IIPA) on 21st October 2019 in New Delhi, the Vice President said that moving to renewables would not only ensure energy security but also help in protecting the climate and reducing pollution. 

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 24th SUN Meet-i-SUN CaP (International capacity Augmentation Programmes for the “Sunshine Countries of ISA” was organized by the Indian Institute of Public Administration (IIPA) on 21st October 2019 in New Delhi 

SC Orders Status Quo On Cutting Of Trees of Mumbai's Aarey

 The Supreme Court today, 21st October 2019 extended the status quo order passed on 7th October regarding the cutting of trees in Aarey colony in Mumbai suburbs. 


The bench comprising Hon'ble Justice Arun Mishra and Hon'ble Justice Deepak Gupta clarified that there is no stay on the construction activities related to Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (MMRCL). The bench asked MMRCL to submit details about the number of trees transplanted by it to compensate the felling of trees.  The matter will now be heard on 15th November 2019.


It is important to refresh that a special vacation bench of the Supreme Court on 7th October 2019 ordered status quo on felling of trees in Aarey colony in Mumbai suburbs till further orders.


The two-judge bench of Hon'ble Justice Arun Mishra and Hon'ble Justice Ashok Bhushan was constituted after a group of law students wrote to Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi seeking  the Supreme Court's urgent intervention to stop the cutting of trees in Aarey colony. 


Hon'ble Supreme Court has also directed the release of all environmental activists detained over protests against tree cutting. The matter will be next heard on 21st October 2019. 


 "Whatever has to be cut is cut, there won't be further cutting", the Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, who appeared on behalf of Maharashtra Government,  said.


Earlier Bombay High Court  in its judgement allowing cutting of trees at Aarey Colony said  The Greens fail in the instant petition because they have lost touch with the procedure to be followed as per law.

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Over 2000 trees in the Aarey colony were proposed to be axed for the construction of a metro car shed for the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Ltd. (MMCL).


Experts say that the Aarey colony, measuring 1,287 hectares and located adjoining to the Sanjay Gandhi National Park, is a major green lung of the metropolis.

Tata Power wins 'GOLD' at ICQCC Award 2019 in Tokyo, Japan for ‘Difficulties in Disposal of Garbage'

India's largest integrated power company Tata Power’s Quality Circle  team, “Team Kasturi”, took center stage at the recently held International Convention on Quality Circles (ICQCC) 2019 Awards in Tokyo, Japan by winning the prestigious GOLD award for their project titled ‘Difficulties in Disposal of Garbage Waste’. The award ceremony witnessed a participation of 370 teams from 13 countries this year.


Comprising of Mr. Dattkumar I Bhasagi, Mr. Vishal Jadhav, Mr. Rahul Sangale & Mr. Priyanko Majumdar from Mumbai’s Civil & Estate division, the team presented various eco-friendly solutions to dispose garbage waste. Out of 494 Nos. of case study abstracts submitted to ICQCC-2019 Japan, only 135 case studies from India were accepted by the selection committee, “Team Kasturi” being one of them.

Applauding the efforts of the team, Mr Praveer Sinha, CEO & Managing Director, Tata Power  said, “We are extremely proud of Team Kasturi and feel privileged to receive this prestigious honour from the ICQCC at an International level. This award has been a significant milestone and will inspire us to continuously improve and create value for our customers.”


Apart from Tata Power, representatives from reputed companies such as Tata Steel, Bharat Electronics, JSW Steel, Kirloskar Oil, Aditya Birla, Rashtriya Fertilizers, Mazagon Dock Ship, Reliance, Yamuna Power limited, Siemens, NTPC, Mahindra, MSCB and Adani Group graced the occasion.

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Freedom from Single-Use Plastic was focus of PM’s 4th Episode of ‘Mann Ki Baat 2.0’

On 29th September 2019 in the 4thepisode of “Mann Ki Baat 2.0” Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi expressed that it is a matter of pride for India as well as the whole world, while we are celebrating ‘Gandhi 150’, our 130 crore countrymen have pledged to be rid from the menace of Single Use Plastic. In view of the kind of lead that India has taken towards environmental protection, today the countries of the entire world are looking towards India as a model example. He expressed confidence that all the countrymen will be a part of the campaign for liberation from the menace of Single Use Plastic on 2nd October. 


In the programme, he also had a talk with Mr. Ripudaman Belviji, who is making a unique effort by attempting plogging! While to talking to Hon’ble Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, Ripudaman shared about 'R Elan, Run to make India Litter Free'. Ripudaman also said “I would really like to give three steps. For a litter free India! Towards a Garbage Free India! Step number one Deposit litter in the dustbin only. Step number two any garbage you see, pick it up from the ground and deposit in the dustbin. Step number three if you don’t see a dustbin then take the litter in your pocket or in your car and carry it home!  Segregate it into Dry and Wet waste and in the morning when municipality van comes, you give it to them! If we follow these three steps we will see a litter free India We will get an India free from garbage!”


Hon’ble Prime Minister acknowledged innovative ideas and ways of Ripudaman. The Prime Minister informed that this time on the anniversary of revered Bapu, the Ministry of Sports too is organizing a ‘Fit India Plogging Run’. On the 2nd of October, plogging for two kilometers; and it will be held across the country. The Prime Minister also said “While we jog for 2 kilometers; and on the way, collect all kinds of plastic waste. Through endeavor, we shall not only pay better attention to our health; we shall also take a step towards ensuring protection for Mother Earth. This campaign is resulting in raising awareness levels in people; as far as sanitation and cleanliness, along with fitness levels. I do believe that a single step towards freedom from single use plastic taken by 130 crore countrymen will give India a lead by a 130 crore steps.”  

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First National Water Mission Awards 2019

Sanjaya K. Mishra 

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National Water Mission (NWM), Department of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation, Ministry of Jal Shakti was set up in 2011 based on the National Action Plan on the Climate Change, which was prepared in 2008. In his address, Hon’ble Mission Director, Shri G. Asok Kumar said that “We are all associated with water in one way or other. Most of us here are water warriors.” While elaborating the process of selecting the winner, he mentioned that the award process was initiated started six months back and went through a rigorous screening and assessment. This is the first time ‘National Water Mission Awards’ were presented to recognize excellence in water conservation, efficient water use and sustainable water management practices. He also expressed hope that this award will set a benchmark in the water sector.

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NWM has 5 goals and 39 strategies prescribed in the Mission Document. One of the strategies of NWM under Goal IV is to incentivize the organization/ companies through awards for water conservation and efficient use of water.  

Sangli Apartments, New Delhi attains 100% Waste Segregation & Composting

Sangli Apartments on Copernicus Marg, New Delhi celebrated an event to mark the successful making of compost from the collected wet kitchen wastes and garden waste of approximately 150 households. Situated in a prime location, the apartment, which is primarily for 3 wings of armed force officers with servant quarters, generates above 500 kilograms per day, assuming around 4 Kgs from each household. Sangli RWA Secretary, Commander Pankaj Kumar said, “We have achieved 100 % waste segregation at house level into Dry and Wet wastes, in last 6 months. Thereafter we built 2 pits for composting the wet waste, seeking technical assistance of ITC WOW team. The pits were inaugurated on 29th Jun by Chief Medical officer, New Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC).” 

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The occasion of making first compost was appropriately celebrated on 15th September 2019 in the presence of Mrs. Meenakshi Lekhi, Hon’ble Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha), New Delhi. 

Jairam Ramesh is Chairman, Committee on Science, Technology, Environment & Forests

Shri Jairam Ramesh, Hon’ble Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) from Karnataka will Chair the Committee on Science, Technology, Environment & Forests. An Indian economist and erudite politician belonging to Indian National Congress Party, Shri Ramesh held the position of Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Environment and Forests from 28th May 2009 to 12th July 2011. Later he also hold the additional charge of Minister of Drinking Water and Sanitation. 

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Brick Kilns in West Bengal must adopt Zig Zag Technology within Two months: NGT

Sept. 2, 2019, New Delhi: According to an affidavit filed by State of West Bengal and the State Pollution Control Board, before the National Green Tribunal (NGT), in the case of Anurup Panda Versus Member Secretary, West Bengal Pollution Control Board (WBPCB) & Ors., out of the total 4506 numbers of brick fields operating in West Bengal, 2027 have adopted the Zig Zag Technology, 2475 are in process of adopting it. However, only 4 have not yet initiated the process of doing so. 


While hearing the Original Application No.12/2018 (EZ) Anurup Panda Versus Member Secretary, West Bengal Pollution Control Board (WBPCB) & Ors., through video conferencing today, the Principal Bench of Hon’ble NGT has stated that considering the immense pollution load generated by the brick fields and the inefficiency of the existing technology of installing stacks on small Bull’s Trench Kiln, it is imperative for the State to adopt the Zig Zag Technology expeditiously. 

The Order issued by the Hon’ble NGT also states that “In view of the above, the State Pollution Control Board directed to ensure that those brick fields which have already adopted the Zig Zag Technology may be permitted to operate subject to grant of consent to operate. The ones which are in the process of implementation of the technology, stated to be 2475 in number, be directed not to operate until the new technology is installed. The 4 brick fields which have not yet adopted the technology shall not be permitted to operate until the new technology is installed.”

The NGT bench comprising Hon’ble Mr. Justice S. P. Wangdi, Judicial Member and Hon’ble Dr. Satyawan Singh Garbyal, Expert Member has also directed that the entire exercise shall be completed within two months and compliance report filed before the next date that is 18th November 2019. 


It would be noteworthy that an order by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) in June 2017 asked brick kilns across India to shift to a cleaner and more efficient “induced draft zigzag” design. As per a report titled “Brick kilns shifting to cleaner technology, but progress is slow” published by the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) on 29th August 2017 there are significant benefits of shifting from Fixed chimney bull trench kiln (FCBTK) to Zig-Zag, for example; Specific Energy consumption and coal consumption is reduced by 20%, and particulate emission goes down by 75%. 

FICCI Conference on Promoting Awareness and Usage of Iron & Steel Slag – Ushering in a New Era'

 On 27th August 2019, the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), the Industry’s Voice for Policy Change organized a day long programme on awareness of Iron and Steel Slag at Federation House, Tansen Marg, New Delhi. In his opening remarks Shri Abhyuday Jindal, CO-Chair, FICCI Steering Committee and Managing Director of Jindal Stainless Ltd. orated resource utilization plays a major role in today’s business. 

NPL is the national verification agency for certifying air monitoring equipment

 According to the latest notification issued by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) vide SO 3023(E) dated 22nd August 2019, National Physical Laboratory (NPL), which is governed by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) will become the national verification and certification agency for the instruments and equipment used for air emission monitoring and ambient air quality monitoring.


Some experts from the domain say this is a very important and landmark notification on quality check of all Air quality monitoring in India. If it is properly implemented there will be a lot of improvement in our Air Quality data. NPL is given very big responsibility and this can make very much visible change. We hope that there will be a qualitative improvement in the development of air quality data.

Navjiwan Vihar becomes first to attain 100% Waste Segregation

The housing colony practices Composting, 5Rs – Rethink, Refuse, Reduce, Reuse and Recycle, and Plastic waste reduction


In Delhi, out of 10500 MT/Day, only 55% waste  is being processed


Sanjaya K. Mishra

  

On 20th August 2019, Navjiwan Vihar, a posh gated colony in Malviya Nagar, New Delhi celebrated a unique achievement of 100% waste segregation at source. The colony with 250 households in Malviya Nagar Ward (63-S) is probably the first in New Delhi to have attained such an exemplary work in solid waste management. Almost all the households in Navjiwan Vihar are handing over only segregated waste to the waste collectors. 


The event was graced by Smt. Meenakshi Lekhi, Hon’ble Member of Parliament, New Delhi Lok Sabha constituency. She congratulated the Navjiwan Vihar President, Mr. Vinay Bhasin; Secretary, Dr. Ruby Makhija, and Executive Committee members for successfully fulfilling the Hon’ble Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi of Swachh Bharat Mission. Appreciating the ZERO Plastic arrangements in the event, the MP said that she has always promoted plastic-free celebrations. She expressed her overwhelmed feelings to be a part of Navjiwan Vihar as her likes and dislikes match with the residents of this colony.

NGT directs MoEF&CC to devise action plan for 100% monitoring of category ‘A’ projects

24th July 2019, New Delhi 


On 23rd July 2019 a hearing on Original Application No.837/2018 (M.A. No. 1549/2018 &I.A. No. 290/2019), Sandeep Mittal Versus Ministry of Environment, Forests &Climate Change &Ors. regarding post clearance monitoring and compliances, took place in the Principal Bench of National Green Tribunal (NGT). The bench comprised of Hon’ble Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel, Chair Person, Hon’ble Justice S.P. Wangdi, Judicial Member, Hon’ble Justice K. Ramakrishnan, Judicial Member and Hon’ble Dr. Nagin Nanda, Expert Member. 

Effluent Discharge Standards for STPs, 2019

 30th April 2019:

With reference to the Original Application (OA) No. 1069/2018 filed by Nitin Shankar Deshpande against Union of India and Others, the Principal Bench of National Green Tribunal (NGT) have said that there is no justification for diluted standards for areas other than Mega and Metropolitan Cities. The Pincipal Bench was comprising of Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel, Chair Person, Justice K. Ramakrishnan, JM and Dr, Magin Nanda, Expert Member. 


The NGT order concluded that "Accordingly, we accept the report of the Expert Committee with the modification that the standards recommended for Mega and Metropolitan Cities will also apply to rest of the country. We also direct that the standards  will apply not only for new STPs but also for existing/under  construction STPs without any delay and giving of seven years time  stands disapproved. The NGT bench also said that "the Minsitry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) may issue an appropriate Notification in the matter  within one month from today i.e. 30th April 2019." Read more at https://enviroannotations.blogspot.com/2016/04/treated-sewage-characterization-common.html


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