Lalu Prasad has gone green with a vengeance. And it's not just colour of the unprecedented cash surplus of Rs 25,000 this fiscal that's green, there are other moves too. Railways will switch over to green discharge-free toilets by 2012 and switch over to energy-efficient CFL lamps in all staff quarters. Calling discharge from toilets a

A stinking creek; clogged drains, stray dogs and cattle loitering on the beach and complaints of tourists about the mess welcomed Tourism Minister, Mickky Pacheco to Colva beach as he conducted an inspection on Wednesday noon. The Tourism Minister, however, was quick to blame Finance Minister, Dayanand Narvekar for the ugly situation on the beaches, accusing Narvekar for literally sitting on the beach cleaning file for the last three months.

The Bombay High Court has granted additional time to government authorities to ensure implementation of the policy decision taken by government for appropriate cleanliness in the city and more particularly on the beaches of Goa. The collectors of both the districts and the director tourism as also the director of municipal administration have been asked to file detailed affidavits by March 5, 2008.

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The railways are trying out several experiments to be environment friendly.
While Central Railway (CR) has begun the process of installation of solar-powered illumination at level crossings along its sections, Western Railway (WR) is one of the first railways to run a train on bio-diesel.

Both these railways have several lakhs of saplings of jathropa seeds along their rail tracks that yield oi

The BMC has informed the Bombay High Court that the authorities concerned are keeping the beaches of the city clean on a daily basis. An affidavit filed in response to a public interest litigation filed by a NGO Janhit Manch states that "the corporation has also made arrangement for cleaning the beaches by the beach cleaning machine daily'. The petitioner had moved court seeking to restrain immersion of idols and Nirmalya or Pooja materials during festivals which pollute the waters.