IIT Kanpur develops web-based ‘green’ monitoring system for Ganga

What is the News? Indian Institute of Technology(IIT) Kanpur has developed an Aquatic Autonomous Observatory named Niracara Svayamsasita Vedh Shala(NSVS) to monitor the “health” of the River Ganga. This observatory has been developed with the help of the Department of Science and Technology, the Government of India, and the Indo-US Science and Technology Forum (IUSSTF).… Continue reading IIT Kanpur develops web-based ‘green’ monitoring system for Ganga

Cleaning Yamuna will require improving sewerage networks, cooperation between Delhi and neighbouring states

News: A layer of froth was seen floating over parts of the Yamuna River in New Delhi. For the past three days, social media has been flooded with visuals of devotees taking a dip in the Yamuna River enveloped by the toxic foam. The formation of froth is a sign of an ecologically-dead river. What… Continue reading Cleaning Yamuna will require improving sewerage networks, cooperation between Delhi and neighbouring states

Union Environment Minister Inaugurates The Ganga Connect Exhibition At Glasgow Amidst COP-26

What is the News? The Union Minister for Environment, Forest & Climate Change and Labour & Employment has inaugurated the Ganga Connect exhibition at the City of Glasgow College amid the COP26 meeting. What is the Ganga Connect exhibition? Ganga Connect Exhibition is an effort to present the level of development in the Ganga river… Continue reading Union Environment Minister Inaugurates The Ganga Connect Exhibition At Glasgow Amidst COP-26

Detoxing pilot project has brought a river back from dead: Meghalaya

What is the news?  Meghalaya government has claimed that a detoxing project through the use of phycoremediation has rejuvenated Lukha river. The project was funded by the “District Mineral Fund”.  What is the reason for contamination?  The Lukha River was considered toxic beyond redemption a decade ago. Meghalaya’s pollution control board in its report blamed drainage… Continue reading Detoxing pilot project has brought a river back from dead: Meghalaya

Cleaning the Yamuna a story of missed deadlines

Synopsis: The Yamuna, as it passes through Delhi, becomes extremely polluted. Immediate steps are needed to check this sorry state of the river. News: Recently, the draft NCR Regional Plan-2041 was prepared by the National Capital Region Planning Board (NCRPB). It has fixed 2026 as the new deadline to ensure ‘zero discharge of untreated sewage… Continue reading Cleaning the Yamuna a story of missed deadlines

Polluted river stretches in India: A list across states

Source: Down to Earth Relevance: Understanding reasons behind polluted river stretches in India Synopsis: Various Indian states have a large number of polluted river stretches. What are the reasons behind it and steps taken by the government to address the problem? Background The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) in 2018 identified 351 polluted river stretches in… Continue reading Polluted river stretches in India: A list across states

Corpses did not add to Ganga pollution: Centre

Do corpses increase pollution level in Ganga?  Context: The National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) informed that the Floating bodies are not the reason for pollution in Ganga.  About the study:  The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has received a complaint from a citizen. He alleged that the disposal of bodies in and around the river would not only pollute the river… Continue reading Corpses did not add to Ganga pollution: Centre

NGT sets up Central monitoring panel

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has constituted a Central Monitoring Committee. NGT has entrusted the committee with the task of undertaking and executing a national plan to make river stretches across India pollution-free. The Committee will be composed of senior representatives of NITI Aayog, Secretaries of the Ministry of Water Resources, Ministry of Urban Development,… Continue reading NGT sets up Central monitoring panel

River pollution: NGT directs States to act

River pollution: NGT directs States to act News: Taking suo motu cognisance of  the increase in polluted river stretches in the country, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed all States and Union Territories to prepare action plans within two months. Important Facts: The data from the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) stated that the… Continue reading River pollution: NGT directs States to act