At 938, It’s At All-Time Low In Gujarat: Survey

Ahmedabad: If there is an address for vultures in Gujarat, then it is Kutch. This district neighbouring Indo-Pak border has the highest number of Gyps vultures including White-Rumped vultures and Long-Billed vultures in the state. The vulture census taken up in May revealed that the vulture count in the state has fallen to below 1,000 - an all time low in Gujarat.

SSNNL-Sponsored Survey Flies In The Face Of State Govt’s Claims Of Drought

Gandhinagar: A just-published study, sponsored by Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam Ltd (SSNNL), suggests that even the existing incomplete canal network should have considerably eased the current scarcity conditions, claimed to be prevailing in large parts of Gujarat. The study acquires significance, as it comes almost about the same time when the Gujarat government regarded “lack of rains” as the chief criterion to declare 91 out of 225 talukas as “scarcity hit”. Based on the same, the state has demanded Rs 18,000 crore from the Centre as drought relief.

Gandhinagar:In an oblique attempt to keep its vegetarian banner high, the Gujarat government is meandering into a so far unexplored area to fight higher malnutrition levels.

Well-placed Sachivalaya sources said the government is working out a complete plan of seaweed cultivation. Small farmers living next to the sea shore can venture into this cultivation in a big way, not just to earn highvalue-added incomes the produce can give, but also to improve nutrition. A top state official said the move comes close on the heels of a meeting chief minister Narendra Modi took some time back,

An earthquake measuring 5 on the Richter scale jolted many parts of Gujarat in the wee hours today but there were no reports of damage to property or loss of life.

Uncertainty prevails over Cairn India’s 74-km section of the 670-km-long Barmer-Jamnagar crude oil pipeline.

AHMEDABAD: Forests and other departments in Gujarat have been very proactive in carrying out biodiversity conservation measures, significant among them being those related to whale shark, sea turtle, restoration of mangroves etc., Dr. A P Singh, member secretary, Gujarat Biodiversity Board, said.

Gujarat Biodiversity Board too has launched several measures for the conservation and development of biological diversity, including marine, he said, adding that Government of India had enacted the Biological Diversity Act, 2002 for the conservation, development and regulation of biodiversity. The main objective of the Act is conservation of biodiversity and sustainable utilization of biological resources.

500 HA Land Earmarked Near Lodhwa Village

Gandhinagar: Government of India conveyed to the Gujarat government on Thursday that it is all set to begin the procedure for setting up the second ultra mega power plant (UMPP) in the state within three months. Central government officials in Gandhinagar on Thursday told state officials that time has come for the latter to be ready with offers on cost of land and infrastructure facilities like water, port and permissions like right of way and right of use, needed to implement the Rs 20,000 crore project.

New Delhi Cairn India has agreed to double the compensation to the farmers and landowners resisting construction of its pipeline project in Rajasthan and Gujarat. The proposed pipeline will connect its Rajasthan oilfield to the crude oil shipping facility at Bhogat in coastal Gujarat.

The company now produces one fifth of India's crude oil output. It has agreed for higher right of user payment — more than double the rate applicable in the Jamnagar district — after discussions with the local authorities and policymakers, said a source privy to the development.

Whereas, The total area of 326.26 square kilometer around Marine National Park and Marine Sanctuary has been identified as eco-sensitive zone, of which 208.58 square kilometer is the area towards landward side, 105.14 square kilometer towards sea and 12.53 square kilometer is the area covered by rivers.

The World Bank-aided Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) project, aiming to provide solution for better management of coastal zone, is expected to be completed in Gujarat by 2015.