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Urbanization in East Asia and the Pacific has created enormous opportunity for many. Yet the rapid growth of cities can also create challenges as national and local governments try to keep up with the needs of their growing populations.

Judgement of the National Green Tribunal (Western Zone Bench, Pune) in the matter of Anil M. Khedekar Vs Ministry of Environment and Forests & Others dated 14/07/2017 regarding the Environmental Clearance (EC) granted by the State Level Environmental Impact Assessment Authority, Maharashtra (SEIAA) for the construction project of Mssrs. SD Corporation Pvt. Ltd. The project, in question, is a redevelopment project of a colony situated at Poisar Village, Mumbai.

Judgement of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Rakesh Kumar Vs State of Uttar Pradesh & Others dated 13/07/2017 regarding unauthorized constructions in a park in Block-G, Sector-44, Noida, Uttar Pradesh. Applicant has also requested for removal of all broken stones/mulba dumped by Noida Authority and to maintain the green belt for the benefit of all the residents of the Sector.

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.

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