CANACONA: The Forest department, which is nursing Olive Ridleys on two beaches in Canacona taluka, has released 387 babies of Olive Ridleys into the sea during the current procreating season.

The National Green Tribunal, Southern Bench, has restrained the authorities concerned from constructing a public toilet in Kottivakkam beach without mandatory consent.

The Bench passed the interim order on an application filed by K. Jayakantham who sought to restrain the authorities, including the Chennai Corporation, from proceeding with the construction.

Unfazed by stiff opposition from environmentalists, the tourism department on Sunday privatized sanitation work on Puri beach. A Bhubaneswar-based voluntary organization would carry out the cleaning instead of the local municipality.

In the first phase, the outsourced agency has engaged nearly 80 sweepers, who would clean the beach from 6 am to 10 pm. "Subsequently, the agency would press into service a mechanized sweeping machine on the beach," tourist officer (Puri) Bijay Kumar Jena said.

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Filomeno Vincente Gregorio Tomaturgo Rodrigues Vs. State of Goa & Anr. dated 13/01/2014 regarding encroachment of the beach land that fall within the No Development Zone in Margao, Goa.

Original Source: http://www.greentribunal.gov.in/orderinpdf/1099-2013(MApp)_13Jan2014.pdf

A city based NGO has launched an online petition to protect Chennai's beaches which have virtually become a dumping yard for garbage.

Around 2,000 volunteers from across Puducherry came together on Saturday to participate in the International Coastal Cleanup event coordinated by the Indian Coast Guard Station.

The beaches are strewn with disposable cups, water bottles and plastic bags. This is a very sad situation, since these materials will greatly affect the coastal environment, Commandant of the ICGS Puducherry N. Somasundaram said. Gandhi Statue area is the most affected because that is where all the vendors and the maximum crowd come in.

Probe to look into alleged irregularities in 71 mineral quarries in the southern districts.

Several government projects have ‘technically’ flouted regulatory norms

From bureaucratic tangles, lack of awareness – even by some government departments – to staff shortages, the implementation of Coastal Regulatory Zone (CRZ) norms in the district is hit by administrative issues.

Unregulated tourism and development activity along beaches like Mandarmani and Digha in West Bengal is killing turtles including the vulnerable Olive Ridleys, say researchers.

Roads washed away, trees uprooted, houses under threat

Though there was a brief respite from the rain lashing northern Kerala on Tuesday, people living along the coastline of the district continue to live in fear and agony with unabated sea erosion battering several stretches of the coast.

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