Section 2 (h) of the RTI Act defines public authority as any body, institution or self-government established or constituted by or under the Constitution, Parliament, state legislature or appropriate government. It includes all ministries and their departments, municipal bodies, panchayats, courts, universities, UPSC, PSUs and even non-profits substantially financed by the appropriate

The administration today reviewed the ongoing water crisis at a meeting attended by district sub-divisional officer K.K. Prabhat and heads of civic bodies and corporate houses.

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Jamshedpur, April 28: On the banks of Kharkai, a row of trucks wait for their turn to get loaded. Sand is what they carry. Sometimes the consignment is authorised, but more often it

Supply-requirement gap shoots up to 10 MGD in peak summer

HOJAI, March 3


Thanks to the High Court directives, the Margao Municipal Council has decided to start collection of bio-medical waste from the city

Jan. 16: The Centre has issued draft notification to rationalise Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) Notification 2006, in an effort to bring in more transparency and efficacy.

Promoters will soon have to make public the terms of environmental clearance to enable monitoring by citizens. This will increase societal vigil of projects affecting the environment.

Solan, September 15

Not caring two hoots about the High Court

Thane's notorious water scarcity crisis might be on its way to becoming even worse with the Thane Municipal Council announcing that the first phase of its proposed water supply project is running behind schedule by a month. The civic body missed the March 31 deadline and it was expected that the authorities would meet the April 15 deadline. Now the masses and their representatives will have to wait till May 12 to see if the revised deadline is met or not. Till then, Thane citizens have no choice but to suffer the water scarcity.

INTERNATIONAL Finance Corporation (IFC) will soon start providing assistance to municipal bodies in carrying out energy audits (details of energy availability and consumption). Based on these audits, the corporation will provide financial assistance to energy-saving companies working with municipal bodies. IFC would also provide technical assistance to municipal entities in floating energy tenders. "We are in talks with more than 200 municipalities across the country. IFC would be providing these municipalities assistance in energy audits. IFC would also provide financial support to energysaving companies if they are not being completely supported by the municipal corporations,' IFC chief investment officer (south Asia) Anita Marangoly George told ET. IFC, a World Bank arm, has prepared a new manual in association with the Bureau of Energy Efficiency and Alliance to Save Energy to bring out the energy audits. IFC claims 20-30% of India's energy requirements could be addressed if municipalities adopt the energysaving mechanisms suggested in the new manual. IFC would provide support to the municipalities throughout the bidding process for bringing the energy audits as well as awarding contracts to the energy-saving companies for the implementation of energy-saving techniques in the towns.