"I'd put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power! I hope we don't have to wait till oil and coal run out before we tackle that.'

From getting chilled in a spa to receiving super-speciality treatment under one roof might become a reality in the near future with a mega health project proposed on the city outskirts. Dubbed

Nearly 3,000 families will be displaced from their homes in two weeks because of the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation's Rs 600- crore road widening scheme. GHMC has decided to develop 42 main routes in 12 surrounding municipalities, which were merged with the core city to form Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation.

A large number of global energy players are focussing on renewable sources of cheap and clean energy, to meet the demand from developing countries. For them, what better source can there be than the sun?

Residents who are sensitive to the problems of global warming will shut down electric supply for an hour between 7.30 pm and 8.30 pm on Saturday. The "Hyderabad Unplug' event is being organised by World Wide Fund, India, to create awareness about global warming and its adverse impact on environment and the health of people.

The incidence of waterborne diseases is on the rise in the state. In all, 917 cases of acute diarrhoea were reported from the city in the last four months, of which 80 were detected in the last one week. In this context, the task force of the health department held a meeting and decided to take steps to prevent contamination of water and food. In Anantapur district, 98 cases of acute diarrhoea were reported in the past one week. Waterborne diseases were also reported from Putlur of the same district.

Hyderabad has only 114 paid parking lots while the number required is over 500. This forces motorists to park their vehicles on roadsides. The situation is unlikely to be solved soon as Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation has not yet finalised the tenders to outsource parking lots. But, of the 250 parking spaces identified by the GHMC, traffic police has given the green signal only to 100 parking lots.

Adulteration of fuel at petrol bunks in the city is on the rise. At least 1,075 cases have been registered this year against various oil companies as against 931 cases last year. According to legal metrology department, at least 299 cases have been booked against HPCL, 531 against IOC, 188 against BPCL and 17 against Reliance in 2007-08. Receipts with oil companies showed a fall in total revenues from sales of diesel and petrol despite the increase in sale of vehicles, the officials said. They attributed the discrepancy to adulteration of fuel at petrol bunks.

Bio-fuels hold potential as an energy alternative

Bio-fuels have recently been attracting the global spotlight for their potential as an energy alternative. Though increasing environmental concerns have led to a simultaneous cost-benefit analysis, the scales are still tilting in favour of bio-fuels.

Many cities in India, including in Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad and Bangalore, have oxygen bars since 1998. More bars are coming up, mostly targeting rich customers. They offer hyperbaric oxygen therapy

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