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Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Yogendra Mohan Sengupta Vs. Union of India & Others dated 12/07/2017 regarding construction activities in the city of Shimla, Himachal Pradesh. The Court expresses its displeasure at the delay of the Himachal Pradesh Government to file their response/objections to the report submitted before the Tribunal. NGT grants final opportunity to the State of Himachal Pradesh to submit its response/objections, if any, additional or otherwise.

The process of urbanization in Africa has the potential to be the most important instrument for social and economic development and poverty alleviation if a comprehensive framework for urban growth is established. The timing to get urbanization right is critical as most urbanization in Africa is yet to happen.

Simple mud concrete bricks provide the most affordable and sustainable houses in the tropics, a Sri-Lankan study suggests.

The current overview report is part of the output report for the project “Supporting Smart Urban Mobility and Built Environment in Indian Cities” under Grant Ref: G 15 SSEF-140 , implemented during period of October 2015 to January 2017.

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Birendra Singh Matura & Ors. Vs. Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change & Ors dated 19/06/2017 regarding widening of NH-34 which is in violation of the Bhagirathi Eco Sensitive Zone Notification.

The Order notes that all the Parties are at consensus that 94 kms of stretch of NH-34 from Dharasu to Gangotri Forest falls within EcoSensitive Zone and any developmental activity in ESZ needs to conform with Zonal Master Plan.

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Naresh Kumar Jindal & Ors. Vs. Union of India & Others dated 16/06/2017 regarding construction activities going on without obtaining prior environmental clearance of 281.577 acres namely “Vatika India Nort” at Sector 81, 82, 82A, 83 & 85, Gurgaon, Haryana.

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Society for Protection of Culture, Heritage, Environment, Traditions & Promotions of National Awareness (CHETNA) Vs. National Capital Territory of Delhi & Others dated 16/06/2017 regarding excavation activity taking place for the purpose of creating the five lakes in the Qutab Garh Course in Lado Sarai, Delhi.

The main concern of the applicant is the concretization of excavated portion of the land, which would hinder the recharge of the ground water. Matter listed for 04/07/2017.

Officials said parking rates had not been revised since 2015, despite experts and enviromentalists stressing on the need to increase the rates in a bid to incentivise public transport.

The Niger Government on Wednesday declared 'state of emergency' on federal roads following the collapse of two bridges, linking the Western and Northern Nigeria.

Any building and construction project with built-up area of up to 1.5 lakh sq metres in Delhi will not need green approval from environment and forest ministry.

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