Use of plantation land 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 said here that the officials of the department would be asked to look into the possible impacts of the order on forest ecosystems and wildlife. The order was applicable only to private estates and officers stationed near these estates would be put on high alert. Night travel along forest routes to these estates would be regulated.

PANJIM: Finally, the State Forest Policy is expected to see day of light, with state forest department referring the policy for legal vetting.

Forest minister Alina Saldanha said that department has already finalized the policy and has sent to law department for legal vetting. She said that policy is likely to receive green signal shortly, after which it would be implemented.

New Delhi Cutting back on travelling, using renewable bio-fuels, thinking twice before firing up that laptop are among activities that can not just contribute to greening the planet but could get you also hefty discounts on trendy apparel and other major branded goods.

Following international trends, stores in India are waking up to 'carbon neutral' stores in which customers are able to redeem "credits" accumulated through the purchase of environment friendly products for discounts.

Nalbari: There are no electric poles on the tiny island village of Baleswar in Assam’s Nalbari district of Assam. Even then, you can see people using fans and lights, charging their cell phones and even operating computers! All thanks to solar power.

Setting an eco-friendly trend, the villagers of Baleswar, like in many other nearby island-villages, are using solar panels to harness solar energy, which in turn helps them run their electrical equipments.

The L&T Metro Rail Hyderabad Ltd has finalised a unique “cantilever elevated design” for Metro Rail stations coming up in the city.

In all, there will be 66 stations at 63 locations. Except for the three joint stations of Ameerpet (corridors I & III), Parade Grounds (corridors II & III) and MGBS (corridors I & II), all the other stations will be “cantilever stations” resting on only pillars in the middle with no side pillars. “This cantilever elevated station design is planned for the first time in India and is a rare engineering feat by L&T structural engineers,” said N.V.S. Reddy, managing director, Hyde-rabad Metro Rail.

SRINAGAR: Saying that Hydro Power is a renewable, economic and eco-friendly benign source of energy, the Minister of State for Power Shabir Ahmad Khan reiterated State Government's commitment to make the J&K self-reliant in electricity and to provide hydro energy to other States in future.

Addressing the delegates who participated in 2-day National Hydro-Power Convention held at SKICC, organized by India Tech Foundation on "harnessing hydro-power in Northern Himalayan-challenges and opportunities"

Sulabh International has invited Microsoft founder Bill Gates to visit its headquarters in the Capital to witness its low-cost, environment-friendly toilet technology being used in India and other developing nations. The NGO's invitation follows Mr. Gates' statement made during recent visit to India where he said his “ultimate dream” was to develop low-cost toilets.

“Sulabh International has developed cost-effective, two-pit toilet technology which is being used in households as well as community toilets. Our design is being adopted on a much wider scale because it satisfies the important criteria of a technology design which is culturally acceptable and is also affordable. We are ready to offer Mr. Gates and his philanthropic organisation our technology,”

New Delhi: Stating that diversity has defined our civilization, Union ministerJairam Ramesh said A K Ramanujan’s essay on Ramayana is an example of our diversity.

The Euro India Summit ranked Bangalore third among 29 Indian cities in the Environmentally Sustainable City Award (ESCA) competition.

The award has come much to the surprise of residents and critics who deplore waste management in the City.

SHILLONG: People’s strive to make Shillong a plastic-free city was noticed at Khyndai Lad here on Saturday where a large number of people were seen participating in the street demonstration at Police Bazar organised by the Partners of Pla (PP) Iew Club.