Water ministry admits that there is poor maintenance of traditional water bodies resulting in reduced storage capacity and lower efficacy and is contemplating a new scheme on Repair, Renovation and Restoration of water bodies with more involvement of local panchayats, WUAs, RWAs, etc . Read this standing committee report presented to Lok Sabha recently

Discharge of untreated and partially treated industrial and municipal wastewater from towns constitute major source of pollution in rivers and lakes. CPCB is monitoring water quality of various river stretches in the country including, inter-alia, River Ganga and Yamuna.

The State-wise details of project proposals pending for environment and forest clearance in the Ministry are at Annexure-1 and 2 respectively. The reasons for pendency of environment clearances include non submission of requisite information by the project proponents, forestry and wildlife issues, etc.

As reported by the Central Pollution Control Board, two of the twelve major integrated Iron and Steel Plants were found to be non-compliant.

Power Utilities have reported a generation loss of 11.63 Billion Unit during the year 2011-12 due to shortage of coal. The station-wise generation loss reported by the Power Utilities due to shortage of coal is given at Annex-I. A statement giving Plant and State-wise coal requirement and receipt position is given at Annex- II.

Construction of six Hydro Electric Power Projects (HEPs) is held up due to absence of Environment clearance by Ministry of Environment & Forests (MoEF). The State-wise details of such HEPs are given in Annex.

A Bill further to amend the Coal Mines (Conservation and Development) Act, 1974. This Act may be called the Coal Mines (Conservation and Development) Amendment Act, 2012.

A Bill to provide for the prohibition of employment as manual scavengers, rehabilitation of manual scavengers and their families, and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.

The All-India Institute of Medical Sciences (Amendment) Bill, 2012.

As per the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Notification, 2006, prior environmental clearance is mandatory for projects listed in its schedule.

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