In an effort to promote non-motorable transportation, HUDA (Harayana Urban Development Authority) has teamed up with Planet Advertising to set up cycle stations near Metro stations in Gurgaon.

The model adopted by Ghana and Indonesia for making their industry eco-friendly will now be adopted in Himachal Pradesh which will result in the shrinking of the number of units placed under the ne

Pune: The Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation is planning to purchase 500 CNG buses, the tendering process for which is expected to start from March. While most of the buses will be used in Mumbai region, at least 15 of them will be introduced on the Pune-Mumbai route on an experimental basis, said officials.

MSRTC’s daily expenditure on diesel has increased after the government slashed subsidy on the fuel for bulk buyers. The officials, however, said there was no immediate plan to hike fares even though all depots were purchasing diesel at a higher price.

NEW DELHI: The extension of the elevated Barapullah road will pioneer several environmentally sustainable engineering concepts. The PWD has finalized an elaborate plan modeling it on the lines of an environmentally sustainable project. The plan comes from project manager Shishir Bansal who, sources said, is a research scholar on the subject at the Delhi Technological University.

One of the most important measures includes proper utilization of concrete waste during the construction work. Instead of dumping concrete waste, around 3,000 metric tones of it will be recycled to be used in city projects like pavement tiles etc. "The one metre of concrete on top of the pile foundation is considered poor concrete and is chopped off.

Sets Apart 70% Of Land As Open Space

Kochi: With the master plan of the SmartCity project entering the final phase, the project seems to be turning more green. If the first draft proposed 40% open space, Smart-City authorities have asked designers to set apart 70% of the project land for open space in the final plan. According to sources, the SmartCity authorities want the project to be an eco- friendly one. “The project would have received environmental clearance even if 30 to 40% of the project land is open space. But our decision is to provide 70% open space so that the project would be more environmental friendly,” top officials of the project said

Mehsana Resident Comes Up With Solar Rickshaw

Palanpur: As his small toy-like solarpowered tricycle passes through the streets and bazaars of Mehsana with his three children seated snugly behind him under a canopy, loud cheers are heard from passersby. Everyone seems to love the novel contraption moving smoothly on the roads. “Even the traffic policemen wave at us and at times give us money,” said Shamsuddin Ansari, the owner of this new solar rickshaw. He is a native of Amhera village in Bijnor district of Uttar Pradesh now settled in Mehsana.

Talks on a ban and boycott on plastic carry bags invariably lead to the question, what else? Paper and cloth bags are the way forward, according to many who have long forsaken the use of plastics and embraced environment-friendly materials.

The common notion is that paper bags cannot serve the same purpose as plastic bags. Cost effective, reusable and environment friendly bags that use paper and clothes as raw material are available. They are water-resistant and strong, points out A.R. Shafeek, director, Swadeshi Grama Vikasana Kendra. The centre has been conducting training sessions in paper-bag making and has trained over thousands of volunteers, self-help group members and Kudumbasree workers.

Lucknow With the Uttar Pradesh cabinet giving its nod to the Agra-Lucknow greenfield eco-friendly expressway last week, work on the ambitious project has started picking pace.

A public-private partnership monitoring committee (PPPMC), headed by Infrastructure & Industrial Development Commissioner (IIDC) Anil K Gupta, on Wednesday accepted and approved the concept report submitted by Redicon India and decided that the process for the selection of the project development consultant will start soon and that a request for qualification (RFQ) and request for proposal (RFP) would be invited in a week.

Use of plantation land in State for tourism activities

The ecological impacts of the decision to allow construction of resorts and hotels in plantations will be assessed by the Kerala Forest Department. Minister for Forests K.B. Ganesh Kumar says that officials of the department will be asked to look into the possible impacts of the order on forest ecosystems and wildlife. The order is applicable only to private estates and officers stationed near these estates will be put on high alert.

Washington An Indian tech-firm has won a whopping grant of over USD 450,000 from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to set up eco-friendly and hygienic "eToilets", making public conveniences more accessible to the urban poor.

Thiruvananthapuram-based Eram Scientific Solutions Private Limited was awarded the grant as part of the foundation's second round of 'Reinvent the Toilet Challenge' grants totalling nearly USD 3.4 million.