Up to 5 crore green compensation imposed on thermal power plants

Noting that thermal power plants across the country have not prepared plans for 100% utilisation of fly ash, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has imposed an environmental compensation ranging from ₹1 crore to ₹5 crore on them. The amount will be dependent on respective capacities of the thermal power plants. Read more

Courtesy: The Hindu

Western ghats: Karnataka’s slippery slope to disaster

“Western Ghats” is a chain of mountains that run parallel to the western coast of the Indian peninsula. These Ghats are also known as the “Sahyadris” – meaning ‘the Benevolent Mountains’). It is also a UNESCO World Herit—age Site and is one of the eight “Mega – Biodiversity Hot-Spots” in the world. The Western Ghats are sometimes also called the ‘Great Escarpment of India’. These mountain ranges run North to South along the western edge of the Deccan Plateau and separates the plateau from a narrow coastal plain, called the ‘Konkan’, along the Arabian Sea. Totally thirty nine (39) properties covering national parks, wildlife sanctuaries and reserve forests were designated as World Heritage Sites. Twenty (20) of these in Kerala, ten (10) in Karnataka, five (05) in Tamil Nadu and four (04) in Maharashtra. Read more

Courtesy: Deccan chronicle

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