PANJIM: The Goa government is working to bring out at the earliest a Land Acquisition Policy that will protect the interests of those losing lands for various projects both for government and non-government.

“This policy will protect the interests of those losing substantial land,” Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar explained. In this policy land losers will be taken care of for the next 30 years,” he said while replying to the House during question hour today.

Over two hundred farmers affiliated to an apolitical forum, Tamizhaga Vivasayigal Sangam, staged a demonstration here on Wednesday to protest against the Gas Authority of India Limited’s (GAIL) choice of farmland in the district to lay gas pipeline to take natural gas from Kochi to Bangalore.

The gas pipeline project of GAIL passes through 16 revenue villages in Krishnagiri district for a stretch of 47 km. As per the plan of GAIL, the pipeline work enters Krishnagiri district in Royakottai from Palacode in Dharmapuri district.

The contamination in Mavallipura has reached such an extent that the Karnataka Milk Federation refuses to procure milk from the farmers here, alleged residents of Mavallipura.

Speaking at a press conference here on Wednesday, the Mavallipura residents, under the aegis of Dalit Sangharsh Samithi (DSS) and Environment Support Group (ESG), hailed the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) order to close landfill. The residents said that the high toxic levels in the soil, water and air had made their lives miserable.

Residents of areas in the vicinity of BBMP’s Mandur landfill seem to have taken cue from people of Mavallipura, whose agitation led to the closure of the garbage dump yard there.

Newspapers and TV channels had reported in the past few days that the garbage dumped at Mavallipura spread diseases among the people. Around 700 tonnes of the City’s waste is disposed of on a regular basis at the Mandur garbage dump yard, situated between KR Puram and Hoskote. The Palike is diverting the garbage to Mandur and Terrafirma on Doddaballapur Road, after the closure of the Mavallipura landfill.

Responding to pressure from residents of villages surrounding Mavallipura landfill, the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) has issued orders to close the dump yard.

Issuing orders on Wednesday, the KSPCB said that owing to non-compliance with the conditions stipulated, the BBMP has been asked to stop sending municipal solid waste (MSW) to Mavallipura landfill.

The Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) has asked Graphite India Ltd to close its Bangalore plant till further orders, citing environmental pollution.

Going green Bio-fuel bunk to come up in Hassan district in three months.

Solar powered electronic products will now be available at retail stores across the country.

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The Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) on Tuesday submitted in the High Court of Karnataka that all stone crushing units had been closed on June 30, 2012, following a Supreme Court order.

During the hearing of a petition by Vasanth Devadiga and others, challenging the permission for stone crushing units near residential zones, the KSPCB authorities including chairman A S Sadashivaiah, who were present in the court, said none of the leases had been renewed.