Panel asks RIL to submit additional material to ascertain project’s impact on environment as it fears serious threat to marine life in the vicinity

Veerappa Moily may have to deal with a Reliance problem again, this time in the environment ministry. Reliance Industries’ expansion plan for its facilities at the Sikka port in Gujarat’s Jamnagar is facing a green wall. A statutory environmental panel flagged some concerns over the project. The ministry, where Moily took charge in late December, considers this panel’s recommendations for giving environmental clearances.

Centre Sets Up Monitoring Panel To Enforce New Restrictions In Eco-Sensitive Zone

Ahmedabad: The Union ministry of forests and environment has finally cleared an eco-sensitive zone (ESZ) of 326.26 sq km around the Marine National Park and Marine Sanctuary situated in Jamnagar. Of this, 208.58 sq km is towards land, 105.14 sq km towards the sea and 12.54 sq km area is covered by rivers. The Centre has also announced the formation of a state-level Eco-Sensitive Monitoring Committee (SESZMC).

AHMEDABAD: Gujarat high court has issued notices to all concerned authorities and Essar Oil Ltd as well as Essar Power Gujarat Ltd over a petition filed by farmers of Nana Mandha village of Jam Kha

Vadodara:The Socialist Unity Centre of India (SUCI) has demanded that Gujarat be declared drought affected and has urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to visit the drought-affected areas of Gujarat

At the honk of a water tanker, hundreds of women in Bedi village dash to Khari Chowk, leaving aside all other errands.

GANDHINAGAR: Gujarat government has decided to increase water supply through the Narmada canal-based pipelines, from 80-crorelitres to 120-crorelitres per day, in the wake of water scarcity in Saurashtra and Kutch.

This was decided by the state cabinet at its meeting on Wednesday which was chaired by chief minister Narendra Modi. A government spokesperson said water is being supplied through tankers to 523 villages even as a Rs 133.74-crore contingency masterplan has been prepared for implementation in villages likely to face shortages in the coming days.

Citizens Must Not Lower Guard Yet, Maintain Caution: Experts

Ahmedabad: The death toll due to swine flu in the state reached a staggering 180 on Tuesday, with the maximum casualties recorded in Rajkot, Ahmedabad, Kutch, Jamnagar and Bhavnagar.
Officials claimed the deaths and number of swineflucaseshave gradually gone down in the past few weeks, raising hopes that the worst might be over with the onset of summer. However, Tuesday’s unseasonal rains have brought back fear in the hearts of the citizens.

Rajkot: A number of eligible bachelors in the drought-struck Dedan village near Amreli are ruing their luck.

New Delhi: Union agriculture ministry has declared 17 districts of Gujarat consisting 132 talukas as drought-affected.

In a reply to Rajya Sabha MP Parimal Nathwani, union minister of water resources Harish Ravat stated that the districts include Ahmedabad, Jamnagar, Amreli, Anand, Banaskantha, Bharuch, Bhavnagar, Gandhinagar, Junagadh, Kheda, Kutch, Mehsana, Patan, Porbandar, Rajkot, Surendranagar and Vadodara. The minister also stated that, water being a state subject, planning, and execution and funding of water resources projects was within the purview of respective state governments.

The Union Government has declared 17 districts in Gujarat as drought-affected, Rajya Sabha MP Parimal Nathwani has said.