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Order of the National Green Tribunal (Southern Zone, Chennai) in the matter of Blaicy Dixon Vs Kerala Coastal Zone Management Authority dated 01/08/2017 regarding change in the classification of the panchayat area (Kadinamkulam Grama Panchayat, Thiruvananthapuram) from CRZ III (CRZ-III covers areas that are relatively undisturbed) to CRZ II (areas that have already been developed).

South Africa needs to invest $464 billion (R6 trillion) by 2040 in the water and electricity sectors to plug its infrastructure investment gap and address economic and population growth between now

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Resident Welfare Association Vs. D.M.R.C. & Others dated 20/07/2017 regarding noise and dust pollution resulting from laying down of railway line by DMRC. Counsel appearing for D.M.R.C. states that the premises in question, has already been vacated and it is ensured that the site will be properly restored, with at least 500 trees planted on 1.19 acres of land.

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.

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