Believe it or not. The National Geophysical Research Institute in Hyderabad records thousands of earthquakes everyday. In fact, a quake is recorded every second by the highly sensitive machines installed at the NGRI campus. However, it is surprising how the people of the city or elsewhere in the state do not feel the many "tremors" or "quakes" recorded by the NGRI machines. No, the equipment is not faulty. The trouble lies with the heavy traffic and the consequent "tremors" caused by vehicles.

The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation has failed to curb the practice of dumping garbage in open drains by slum dwellers. With monsoon fast approaching, clogged drains are sure to create havoc once it starts raining. Officials fear that unless the slum dwellers stop dumping garbage, the city may witness severe flooding in several areas. After a lot of hue and cry, the civic body has now decided to supply tricycles in every slum where the major drains are situated for door-to-door collection of garbage.

This study explores urban spatial growth patterns in three middle-sized Metropolitan Regions (MRs) in three world regions: Quito, Ecuador in Latin America; Xi

In which we attempt to assess what average Indians living in big cities think about India's environment, and to gauge their levels of awareness, attitudes, perception and concerns Methodology

Hyderabad is on the move not just on the progressive front but also in terms of pollution. The levels of dust, water and sound pollution in the city are alarming and increasing by leaps and bounds every year. According to the state Pollution Control Board, the total suspended particulate matter (TSPM), which denotes the dust levels in the city, has increased from 241 ug/m to 254 ug/m since last year.

With humans invading and capturing their habitats to erect their high-rises, big cats are entering towns and cities as if to demand their due. Panthers once roamed in the Hitec city area of Madhapur, but they lost their habitat after the scrub jungle was levelled for erecting a cyber city. Similarly, scrub jungles in the fringes of Visakhapatnam, Rajahmundry and other urban areas were also destroyed for construction. These scrub jungles were the connecting links (marginal habitats) between the thick forest and human habitations. For long years, the borders were inviolate.

The state government is under pressure to increase the project cost of metro rail from the present Rs 9,696 crore. The bidders, who were short-listed after technical scrutiny, made it clear that the project cost was financially unviable. Accordingly, the government is believed to have decided to extend the deadline of June 20 for submission of financial bids for a rethink on the project cost. There were also apprehension over the quality of infrastructure and mechanical components, including rolling stock and coaches, to be used in the project.

The brokering of deals between international carbon trading brokers and Indian government bodies to reduce energy consumption and earn carbon credits has gained momentum in recent weeks. Not many people noticed the surprise, albeit non-political, move sprung by Mayawati's Uttar Pradesh government late last month through its electricity body, Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation (UPPCL).

The objective of this document is to specify suitable requirements and procedures for carrying out monitoring of ambient noise levels around airports due to aircrafts. A proper database is essential for planning and executing suitable noise control programme for airports in the country.

The dial-a-water tanker service of the Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (HMWS&SB) is ringing in more woes than water to the residents of the twin cities. After booking, one has to wait for four days for delivery of the tanker containing 5,000 litre which costs Rs 250.

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