ENVIRONMENT MINISTRY

  • Better wildlife management plans crucial, says TSR Subramanian November 19, 2014

    Increase in compensatory afforestation, better wildlife management plans, reduction of domination of inspector raj and self certification by Industry that is open to scrutiny, single window clearance for projects within six months or less, strict adherence of the principle of no go areas are some of key features of the...
  • India to start destroying stockpile of illegal wildlife items November 1, 2014

    New Delhi: India will on Sunday start destroying its stockpile of seized illegal wildlife articles, including tiger pelts and ivory, to demonstrate the country's commitment towards protection of its flora and fauna. The illegal wildlife products to be pulverised and burned by the Ministry of Environment...
  • Environment Ministry panel clears Ambedkar memorial plan in Lutyens' Delhi October 22, 2014

    New Delhi: The Social Justice Ministry's proposal to construct a grand Ambedkar memorial in Lutyens' Delhi has received the nod from a high-powered Environment Ministry panel. Sources said that the Expert Appraisal Committee for Projects related to Infrastructure Development, Coastal Regulation Zone, Building/Construction and Miscellaneous projects, which met here last...
  • Want to put environment ministry on autopilot: Prakash Javadekar October 18, 2014

    New Delhi: Minister of State for Environment, Forest and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar said on Friday that he wanted to put the environment ministry in "autopilot" with transparent, policy-based decision making and acknowledged that the previous UPA government had hampered growth by not clearing key environmental decisions. "I want to put...
  • SC stay on hydro projects to continue till UoI complies order October 9, 2014

    New Delhi: Ticking off the Environment ministry for sleeping like 'Kumbhakarna', the Supreme Court on Thursday made it clear that it is not going to lift the stay for setting up of new hydroelectric power projects on Alaknanda and Bhagirath river basins in Uttarakhand unless the Centre comes out with...
  • Not a single file pending on my table: Environment Minister Javadekar September 10, 2014

    New Delhi: A little more than 100 days after assuming office, Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar has claimed that there are no files pending in the ministry and assured that he is speeding up the decision making process. "We have deleted the word delay from our systems. Otherwise, the...
  • Ministers have freedom to take decisions under Modi: Javadekar September 2, 2014

    New Delhi: As the Narendra Modi government nears its 100 days in power, each ministry has given a report card on the measures taken till now. Environment and Information Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar said that he has changed the "negative image" of the Environment Ministry. "The ministry had acquired a negative...
  • India @ 9 with Anubha Bhonsle June 27, 2014

    Catch the day's top stories with Anubha Bhonsle on India @ 9. ...
  • Defence projects to get priority environment nod: Prakash Javadekar June 9, 2014

    New Delhi: The government will focus on expediting environment clearances for pending projects and top priority will be given to defencerelated projects, Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said on Monday. Javadekar, while interacting with women journalists at Indian Women's Press Corps (IWPC), said that the Ministry will focus on balancing the wellbeing...
  • Highlevel panel suggests scrapping of 24 power projects in Uttarakhand April 29, 2014

    At least 24 power projects should be scrapped in Uttarakhand, a highlevel committee of the Environment Ministry has recommended while partly blaming hydropower plants for the devastation caused by floods there last year. "After considerable discussions and analysis, the Expert Body concluded that of the 24 proposed hydropower projects (HEPs) that...
  • Western Ghats report may spoil the chances of Congress March 3, 2014

    Thiruvananthapuram: The implementation of Dr K Kasturirangan committee report aimed at preserving the Western Ghats will have its implications in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections with the Congress expected to be the worst sufferer. The hunger strike by the Western Ghats people protection committee has entered the sixth day with...
  • Coal India gets environment ministry approval for 23 projects January 12, 2014

    Coal India (CIL) has received approval from the Ministry of Environment and Forests for 23 projects after intervention by the Cabinet Committee on Investment (CCI). "As on December 30, 2013, out of the 20 projects pending with MoEF (Ministry of Environment and Forests) for EC (environment clearance), 16 proposals have been...
  • Proposed Haryana nuke plant gets Environment Ministry's conditional nod December 29, 2013

    New Delhi: A nuclear power plant proposed to be set up in Haryana is one step short of getting the green clearance with a highlevel panel of the Environment Ministry giving conditional nod. The decision to recommend green clearance to the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL) proposal for setting...
  • MoEF allows agriculture, plantation activities along Western Ghats December 20, 2013

    New Delhi: Under pressure from states like Kerala, Environment Ministry on Friday allowed agriculture and plantation activities along the Western Ghats which had been banned through the implementation of an earlier order issued last month. The Ministry eased the norms while maintaining that ban on activities including red category industries, mining,...
  • Need environment police for tackling sand mafia: Sumaira Abdulali August 12, 2013

    What can be done to prevent the great sand loot in India? Is illegal sand mining a direct consequence of a nexus between builders lobby and politicians? Should there be a single window system at the centre to deal with illegal sand mining? Awaaz Foundation's convenor Sumaira Abdulali joined IBNLive...
  • MP: Illegal sand mining rampant even after green tribunal's ban August 7, 2013

    Hoshangabad: The National Green Tribunal's nationwide stay on sand mining on the river beds without Environment Ministry clearance has had no effect on the sand mining mafia in Madhya Pradesh. CNNIBN travelled to Sohagpur in Hoshangabad district to do a reality check and found rampant illegal sand mining. Madhya Pradesh...
  • Allahabad HC seeks reply from Environment Min on PIL against Varanasi project July 29, 2013

    Allahabad High Court on Monday sought a reply from the Union Ministry for Environment and Varanasi Jal Nigam on a petition challenging proposed beautification of "Assi Ghat", a fabled pilgrimage and tourist spot in the holy city. A Division Bench comprising Justice Ashok Bhushan and Justice Arun Tandon passed the order...
  • Govt sanctions Rs 1 crore package for Kaziranga October 10, 2012

    Bokakhat: Union Environment and Tourism Minister Jayanti Natarajan announced a Rs 1 crore package for worldfamed Kaziranga National Park on Wednesday to tackle the situation arising there out of waves of flood and consequent death of animals this year. The money was sanctioned from the Tiger Reserve Fund for the...
  • Environment Ministry halts Andaman defence project September 6, 2012

    New Delhi: The Environment Ministry has said no to a defence project in the Andamans after CNNIBN reported how it would have threatened the existence of an endangered bird. The Coast Guard was planning to construct a road and a diesel power station to set up a surveillance radar system. This...
  • Expert team to submit report on Posco by October August 23, 2012

    Bhubaneswar: An expert team reviewing the environmental impact assessment of Posco's proposed $12 billion steel plant in Odisha will submit its report by October, the team said in Bhubaneswar on Wednesday. "We will submit the report by October," team leader K Roy Paul said after visiting the project site in Jagatsinghpur...
  • Tiger tourism ban: SC to decide on ruling today August 22, 2012

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court will on Wednesday consider its recent ruling banning tourism in the core areas of tiger sanctuaries. It is expected to decide whether or not to lift the ban. Sources say that the Environment Ministry has already gone back on its proposal to ban tourism in core...
  • 'Radiation from mobile towers affecting widelife' August 10, 2012

    New Delhi: Environment Ministry feels radiation emitted by mobile towers has ill effects on wildlife, especially birds and bees, and has asked the Department of Telecommunication not to permit such structures within onekm radius of each other. In an advisory, the Ministry has said that there is an "urgent need" to...
  • Govt allows WB to capture elephants despite ban July 28, 2012

    New Delhi: Taming a wild elephant is not easy. Neither for the tamer, nor for the animal itself. The elephant is first chained and then mercilessly beaten till it gives in. However, the Environment Ministry has given the West Bengal government permission to do precisely this. An RTI application filed by...
  • Environment Ministry breaks its own laws July 28, 2012

    New Delhi: The Environment Ministry has landed in a soup. An RTI query filed by CNNIBN has revealed that the ministry approved the West Bengal government's controversial decision to capture a herd of wild elephants and force them into captivity, a practice that is banned under wildlife laws. The RTI application...
  • Andaman: MoD proposals threaten endangered birds July 16, 2012

    New Delhi: The Narcondam Hornbill is found at only one place in the world Narcondam, in the Andamans. The Nicobar Megapod, a wingless bird, is found in the Tillanchong Sanctuary, again in the Andamans. Both these birds and the fragile ecology of the Andamans are now facing a direct threat...
  • Kaziranga animal deaths: Govt to send probe team July 10, 2012

    New Delhi: The Environment Ministry swung into action and decided to send a special team to the Kaziranga National Park in Assam after CNNIBN highlighted how the animals at the park were fast dying due to floods and poaching. The floods and poaching have resulted in death of over 500 animals...
  • Akhilesh's lion safari hits environment roadblock July 6, 2012

    Lucknow: An ambitious project by the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh to start a lion safari in his hometown of Safai in Etawah has now hit a green hurdle. The regional office of the Environment Ministry has issued a showcause notice, stopping all construction till the project gets all green...
  • PMO push: 12 coal projects to get green nod July 6, 2012

    New Delhi: As the country battles coal shortage, the Prime Minister's Office on Friday sought to give a push to its production by directing the Environment Ministry to grant clearances to 12 projects which would lead to an additional output of 10 million tonnes per year. The PMO took stock of...
  • UP: Akhilesh asked to halt Lion Safari project July 6, 2012

    New Delhi: A dream project of UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav the Lion Safari in Etawah has been ordered to be halted by the Environment Ministry. The ministry on Friday sent a show cause notice to Akhilesh with regard to the matter. It redflagged the project asking the state government...
  • Deforestation a serious concern: Govt report February 7, 2012

    New Delhi: Deforestation in some states has remained a serious concern, according to the the Environment Ministry's India forest report. The report says India's forest cover is down by 367 square kilometre as compared to the last survey in 2009. This came despite the fact that 15 states have increased...