Govt Yields To Public Opposition, Not To Set Up CIAL-Model Co

Unable to overcome public opposition, the state government has finally decided to drop the proposal to set up a CIALmodel Kerala Drinking Water Supply Company.

The survey was undertaken during the period from October -2012 to September -2013 in the Vattakkayal, Sakthikulangara panchayath, Kollam district. The major objective of this study was to find out the biodiversity status of fishes in Vattakkayal of Kollam district, South India.

With a ban on bringing in captive elephants from other States in force coupled with the Forest Department putting an end to issuing ownership certificates for elephants, the captive elephant popula

‘Illegal sand-mining rampant in almost all rivers in Kerala’

Environment organisations have called upon the State government not to permit sand-mining in rivers and coastal areas without conducting the Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) as stipulated by the National Green Tribunal.

Vincent Island has over 15 hectares of mangroves

The estuarine Vincent Island on Ashtamudi Lake at Shakthikulangara in Kollam is a private property covered by over 15 hectares of rich mangrove forests. The island is the only place in India where the rare yellow mangrove ( Ceriops tagal ) is found. But, the ecologically vital mangrove forests there stand threatened by development activity.

20 agencies have been entrusted with mapping and sand auditing of 20 rivers in State

The Assembly Committee on Environment will keep a tab on the river mapping and sand auditing being undertaken by various agencies on 20 river systems in Kerala.

The National Institute of Virology's unit in Kerala has detected and confirmed through full genome sequencing the evidence of a new strain of West Nile Virus (WNV) and its association with human cases in India.

The virus, transmitted to people through the bites of infected mosquitoes, can cause a fatal neurological disease in humans.

The state has decided to conduct a research to find out whether any genetic changes have occurred to the dengue virus found in the state.

State had demanded Rs.7,888 crore

The Union government has sanctioned a drought-relief package of Rs.107 crore to Kerala. The amount was sanctioned by the National Disaster Management Committee, headed by Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar, to carry out long-term agricultural projects and to resolve drinking water shortage in some districts.

Alternative water supply schemes to be ready within a year

The State government has made an allocation of Rs.24.8 crore for conserving and protecting the Sasthamcotta freshwater lake. The declaration was made by Additional Chief Secretary V.J. Kurien in the presence of Chief Minister Oommen Chandy at a meeting held at Sasthamcotta on Friday.