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India to lose 5.8% of working hours in 2030 due to heat stress

2nd July 2019: 

According to the “The Economic Implications of Climate Change” published in June 2019 by consulting firm Moody’s Analytics, out of the 12 largest economies, India will be the worst hit, with GDP growing 2.5 percentage points more slowly than it would without the effects of climate change.


Another report “Working on a Warmer Planet” released on 1st July 2019 by the International Labour Organization (ILO) states that in Southern Asia, the country most affected by heat stress is India, which lost 4.3 percent of working hours in 1995 and is projected to lose 5.8 percent of working hours in 2030.

India to lose 5.8% of working hours in 2030 due to heat stress

2nd July 2019: 

According to the “The Economic Implications of Climate Change” published in June 2019 by consulting firm Moody’s Analytics, out of the 12 largest economies, India will be the worst hit, with GDP growing 2.5 percentage points more slowly than it would without the effects of climate change.


Another report “Working on a Warmer Planet” released on 1st July 2019 by the International Labour Organization (ILO) states that in Southern Asia, the country most affected by heat stress is India, which lost 4.3 percent of working hours in 1995 and is projected to lose 5.8 percent of working hours in 2030.

Sh. Prakash Javadekar takes charge as the Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate

Shri. Babul Supriyo assumes charge as Minister of State  

1st June 2019, New Delhi:  Shri. Prakash Javadekar today assumed charge as the Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change here today. This is the second time, Sh. Javadekar is heading the MoEF&CC.  Earlier, he was holding the position of Minister of State (Independent Charge) — Environment, Forest & Climate Change from 26th May 2014 to 4th July 2016.


He was greeted at the office at Paryavaran Bhawan by Environment Secretary Shri C K Mishra and other senior officials of the ministry. Shri Babul Supriyo also assumed charge as Minister of State. 


Briefing the media after assuming the charge, the Union Minister said it is like a home coming for him as he already served in the ministry for two years in the first term of NDA government. 


He also said that MoEF&CC would be seen as a facilitator and not merely as a regulator. “Economic growth and environment protection should go simultaneously, and we need to work with an increased impetus towards that”, said Shri Javadekar.


After assuming the charge, the Minister also held a meeting with the senior officers of the Ministry where he was briefed on the key initiatives and policy issues of the Ministry.

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HSPCB Standards for Effluent Discharge in to CETPs

 The Haryana State Pollution Control Board (HSPCB) has specified the inlet quality standards for the Common Effluent Treatment Plants (CETPs) in Haryana. These standards are established with due consideration of local needs and conditions. During the process of laying these effluent standards, the Board sought proposal from Technical Advisory Committee. The proposal was shared with all stakeholders on 29th December 2018 through acclaimed newspapers; inviting comments, suggestions or objections. According to HSPCB Order No. HSPCB/SSC/2019/6916-39 Dated 28/01/2019, the Board has considered all observations submitted by stakeholders, including industries and industrial associations, in response to the proposal. The units, which discharge their effluent in to the CETPs, need to comply with the standards. 


This has been published in the 26th issue of our newspaper , date 23/05/2019.  

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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Haryana State Pollution Control Board adopts “Polluter pay Principle”

NGT orders adopted hurriedly without appropriate amendments in provisions of Water Act and Air Act?

Sanjay.Mishra.ea@gmail.com


New Delhi: On 29th April 2019 the Haryana State Pollution Control Board (HSPCB) has issued a 19-page order with various supporting documents, duly signed by a representative of Board’s Chairman. The Board has cited, orders issued by the National Green Tribunal (NGT), as the baseline reference to this order. However, it is also mentioned that the Board has power under section 33-A of Water Act and 31-A of the Air Act to direct closure, prohibition, regulation of any industry, operation or process or stoppage or regulation of the supply of electricity or water or any other service. 


Many legal experts and former SPCB officers are of the view that as SPCB has not vested with the power to penalize, the Board seems to have hurriedly implemented NGT orders, without necessary amendments in provisions of Water Act and Air Act. The HSPCB order also does not cite any reference to Government proceedings, except a Central Pollution Control Board in-house committee report. And therefore, the order has also left scope for review or challenge to it in the NGT or any other court of law. 


On the other hand, such a step is going to establish a perception of legalizing non-compliance, which is substantially surfacing – the latest one being the case of Sushant Lok, Gurgaon. Another question is, whether the HSPCB will, henceforth, bear all the responsibilities and people don’t need to rush to NGT? And the most important question is that in the instance of Water Act being into existence since 45 years and Air Act since 38 years, there were significant number of cases with gross violation brought out into the lime light by the common mass and not the HSPCB. And there could be many more similar cases. In such a situation, the Board’s effort towards environmental conservation will be proven with time. However, it is expected that unlike the 2015 order pertaining to penalize the stubble burning by farmers, which didn’t augur well and remained in national as well as international news for being a principal source of bad air quality in Delhi and adjoining areas, this order could be implemented with much ease to regulate the industries and business establishments. 

Delhi Government is committed to ensure that no pollution is caused, says Imran Hussain

Minister insists “No coercive action and sealing, Plan on Mayapuri in progress”

Sanjay.Mishra.ea@gmail.com


New Delhi: On 23rd April 2019, Delhi Environment Minister Imran Hussain said directions have been issued to the transport and industries department to prepare a short-term programme to ensure no pollution is caused and a long-term action plan is required to deal with the scrapping of motor vehicles. He also said that the Department of Environment and Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) have been told to not undertake any coercive action or sealing operation in Mayapuri or any other place in Delhi for the time being. "However, DPCC and other government departments must ensure that these units cause no pollution," the Minister added. Mr. Hussain also said the livelihoods of all stakeholders should not be affected. "Government of Delhi is committed to undertake all necessary steps to ensure that no pollution is caused. However, this needs to be done in a positive manner without depriving the livelihood of the people involved," he said in a statement.


Earlier, according to the NGT order dated 11th April 2019, which makes it clear that all applications and explanations given by different departments were kept aside as there was no merit to any of them. It had ordered officials to take action immediately or face imprisonment. The DPCC, is part of a seven-member Special Task Force formed on the NGT’s orders to take action against “illegal and unauthorised scrap industries in Mayapuri”. Delhi Environment Minister Imran Hussain was not happy as the action taken by DPCC. Subsequently, he was addressing a press conference, in which he expressed that he was kept out of the loop regarding the action, which was ordered by the National Green Tribunal.  

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Earth Day 2019 Message from Prime Minister Sh. Narendra Modi

On the eve of Earth Day, 2019, India's  Prime Minister Sh. Narendra Modi shared a message to the world, "Today on the Earth Day, we bow in reverence to Mother Earth. For years, this great planet has been home to phenomenal diversity. Today we also reiterate our commitment to work towards the well-being of our planet, focus on sustainable development and mitigating climate change. "


Many other leaders have also shared text messages on the occasion. 

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Appu Ghar, Gurgaon Project to use Treated Sewage

  

New Delhi: The National Green Tribunal (NGT), while hearing a plea filed by Gurugram based RTI Activist Shri Harinder Dhingra said “In the absence of any suggested timeline, the short-term strategies may be implemented within three months and long-term strategies within nine months. The Chief Secretary, Haryana may monitor the matter and send periodical reports along with the reports”.

 

In the plea, Shri Harinder Dhingra had sought directions from Hon’ble NGT to restrain Appu Ghar, the amusement park, from using groundwater without necessary permission and constitute an expert committee to investigate the illegal extraction of groundwater. As such the location of the project falls in over-exploited zone of Gurugram. Any further abstraction of groundwater could result in depletion of the water table in the area.


The NGT had earlier formed a high-level committee comprising representatives of the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Central Pollution Control Board, Central Ground Water Authority and the District Magistrate, Gurugram. The committee suggested that treated sewage water should be supplied to Appu Ghar in Gurugram and use of drinking water for commercial purposes should be discouraged. “Treated sewage maybe provided from the existing line in Sector-29 to the International Recreation & Amusement Ltd., Sector-29, Gurugram and the canal water supply connection from HUDA/HSVP line may be disconnected”. The committee also said before the NGT that the amusement park has not been given permission to extract water through tubewells. 


However, according to an RTI source as cited in the plea, in June 2016, the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) had sanctioned two water connections to the amusement park had been; one of size 50 mm and the other of 25 mm size. The connection does not suffice the water requirement in the project. 

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