DTE 15-30 Nov 2019 Ganga Action Plan (Download PDF)

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Two out of every three Indians drink milk adulterated with detergent, caustic soda, urea and paint. The WHO has warned India that failure to immediately check the adulteration of milk and milk products would see 87 % of Indian citizens suffering serious diseases like cancer by 2025.

This is How You Spot

This is How You Spot

This is How You Spot

Ganga Action Plan Recent Updates: The environmental flow or e-flow norms regarding prescribed minimum water discharge guidelines for the Ganga was notified in September in 2018 by the National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG). This notification was regarding the stipulation of volume of water that dams and barrages must release to allow the river to naturally clean itself and protect its aquatic biodiversity. The National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) is the apex body responsible for the cleaning and rejuvenation of the river. Two private and one government owners of dams on the Ganga refuse to follow the upcoming water discharge guidelines as it would reduce their power generation capacity and lead to huge financial losses.

  • The Ganga has six dams and four barrages along its run in the country. In the upper Ganga basin (Tehri Garhwal to Haridwar in Uttarakhand), where all the dams are located, the notification prescribes three norms: the outflow should be 30 per cent of the monthly average inflow from June to September, which is the high flow season; 25 per cent in October, April and May; and 20 per cent from November to March, which is the lean period.
  • Alakananda Hydro Power Company Ltd (AHPCL) which operates the Srinagar dam in Pauri Garhwal, and produces 330 MW of electricity that it supplies to Uttar Pradesh (88 per cent) and Uttarakhand (12 per cent, free of cost as a royalty for being located in the state) is against the upcoming water discharge guidelines necessary for the cleaning and rejuvenation of the river.
Dammed from start

Dammed from start

Dammed from start

Keeping Rivers Clean

Keeping Rivers Clean

Keeping Rivers Clean

Walnut Trees in Kashmir

  • As per the residents of Kashmir Hundreds of pine and cypress trees were felled in forests and smuggled out of the state by timber mafia since the abrogation of Article 370.
  • In some areas even the local residents started felling walnut trees in broad daylight, which is protected in the region.
  • Walnut trees with its grown huge branches have been reported to pose a threat to life and property of the people.
  • The walnut tree belongs to the family of Juglandeae and its size is very large. Its height ranges from 50 to 75 fee and are favorably grown in the areas falling between the altitudes of 5000 feet to 8000 feet.
  • Under the Jammu and Kashmir Preservation of Specified Trees Act, 1969, a walnut tree can neither be felled nor pruned, even if it stands on private land, without permission from the revenue department.
  • Kashmir accounts for over 90 per cent of India’s walnut production and is a major exporter of the nutritious nut.
  • The walnut trees can grow up to a height of 30 metres and have broad canopies reaching 18 metre width. The timber obtained from walnut trees has a high demand in the state’s handicrafts industry, which is the second largest after fruits in the valley.
  • The walnut trees are being replaced rapidly by apple trees and buildings and this illegality is expected to continue unless High-Yielding Walnut trees are
  • Promoted and laws are made people friendly.
Health Benefits of Walnuts

Health Benefits of Walnuts

Health Benefits of Walnuts

Waste Segregation Dispute in Chandigarh

  • Dadumajra which is the only waste treatment plan in Chandigarh has all the makings of a landfill.
  • The 500-tonne-capacity plant receives around 450 tonnes of waste every day, of which it processes only half.
  • Jaiprakash Associates Ltd-the flagship company of the Jaypee Group refused to accept unsegregated waste carried by the Municipal Corporation Chandigarh (mcc) vehicles after the corporation refused its demand for a fee waiver and above the terms signed in its memorandum of understanding.
  • The Union government enacted the Municipal Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016, making waste segregation mandatory at source.
  • The Municipal Corporation Chandigarh on October 11,2019 made it compulsory for all households to give only segregated waste to garbage collectors. In case a household hands over unsegregated waste to garbage collectors there would be a stipulated fine of Rs. 200.
  • Since 2017 itself Chandigarh’s only waste treatment plant is not processing mixed waste, dumping it inside the premises.
What Plant Claims

What Plant Claims

What Plant Claims

West Segregation at Source

West Segregation at Source

West Segregation at Source

Block-Level Weather Prediction in West Bengal

  • In the era of climate change and wild adversity, it has become quite essential to bring down Weather Predictions to the Micro Level so that farmers can be benefitted.
  • A chalkboard or the bulletin board for forecasting weather-related data such as temperature, rainfall and wind speed was set up in 2015 by Kolkata based non-profit Development Research Communication and Services Centre (DRCSC).
  • The bulletin board also warns people about possible disease outbreaks and suggests natural remedies.
  • In case the bulletin board indicates heavy rainfall in the next few days people donot use motor pumps to draw groundwater and field irrigation.
  • This bulletin board has been exceptionally beneficial by warning of diseases
  • that might afflict the livestock in case of a sudden change in weather thereby suggesting medicines and diet.
  • The residents store firewood, feed and food items if the bulletin board forecasts persistent heavy rain over the next four to five days.
  • DRCSC installed six automated weather stations (AWS) and 12 manual data collection centres. AWS is capable of collecting data for a patch as small as 10 sq km once in five days.
Micro Level Agromet Advisory Services

Micro Level Agromet Advisory Services

Micro Level Agromet Advisory Services

Solar Radiation Sensor

Solar Radiation Sensor

Solar Radiation Sensor

Joining Dots for Clean Air

  • The air pollution in Delhi has an urgent message to the entire country as the Indo-Gangetic Plain turns dark red on the Indian map with wintery weather trapping dangerous levels of air pollution.
  • Most of the hotspots are small towns within a larger airshed; several of them are tiny urban centres with a lot less than 0.5 million population.
  • Uttar Pradesh, Anpara has less than 18,000 population, Gajraula about 55,045 and Rae Bareilley about 0.19 million. Similarly, Gaya and Muzaffarpur in Bihar have less than 0.5 million population.
Smog Corridor The National Clean Air Programme

Smog Corridor The National Clean Air Programme

Smog Corridor The National Clean Air Programme

- Published/Last Modified on: December 6, 2019

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