Gandhinagar: India’s major roads may double up as solar highways, if an innovative proposal by some scientists gets the government's approval. The proposal is the brainchild of scientists at the Gujarat Energy Research and Management Institute (GERMI) in the state capital.
In a paper just published in the International Journal of Energy, Environment and Engineering, the scientists say highways can be used to generate solar power, if a roof of solar panels was laid over them, across the length of the roads.

Gandhinagar: Swine flu casualties in the past few weeks in the state have baffled the state health department.

The Rajkot Municipal Corporation (RMC) is likely to make provision of Rs 10 crore for the creating amenities and infrastructure development at Rajkot Zoological Park in the up coming budget.

135 Dams In Region Have Just Nine Per Cent Of Water Left

Rajkot: Tempers are running high in the pilgrim town of Virpur. Without drinking water for the last 25 days, residents have called for a bandh on Thursday to vent their anger. The bandh call comes barely 10 days after a group of women ransacked the municipality office in Jetpur town to protest against the scarcity of water.

To Cut Emissions In Udaipur, Rajkot & Vizag

Ahmedabad: Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIM-A), Center for Environmental Planning and Technology (Cept) University and Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi (IIT-D) are going to make Udaipur, Rajkot and Visakhapatnam low carbon cities. The institutes will work together on improving the mobility in these cities while lowering carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. As lead agencies of this project, the institutes will help civic authorities set up greener transport system infrastructure, which will help bring down carbon emissions in the cities.

AHMEDABAD: Mass transport services like the BRTS of Ahmedabad will have to be implemented in other cities of the state. This was stated by the chairman of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Sudhir Krishnan. He said that BRTS in Ahmedabad was a success and hence the same should be replicated in other town and cities of the state.

Krishnan was speaking at a seminar on 'Urban Transportation - Emerging Trends, Challenges and the Way Ahead' at Mahatma Mandir in Gandhinagar, on Saturday. He said that with people from rural areas rushing towards the urban zones, proper planning was required to protect the environment.

Accelerating growth in the transport sector, a booming construction industry, and a growing industrial sector are responsible for worsening air pollution in Indian cities.

Gandhinagar: Gujarat government may have to go in for major changes in the state’s land-related laws which are currently being applied for regularizing land titles – in case it wants to apply the new impact fee law, passed in the state assembly in September 2011 for legalizing illegal structures constructed on plots of land without necessary clearances. Top Sachivalaya sources said this is particularly crucial as of 15-lakh-odd illegal structures, which the law seeks to regularize, two-thirds are land related.

Mosquito borne diseases is a growing urban problem because of unplanned urbanization, industrialization and excessive population growth coupled with rural to urban migration. For developing a suitable and effective health education strategy, it is inevitable to understand the level of knowledge of the community, their attitude and practices regarding mosquito borne diseases. The study was carried out in an urban field practice area of Urban Health Centre in Rajkot city. Total 500 houses were selected for study by systematic random sampling.

AHMEDABAD: The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has decided to widen the Ahmedabad-Rajkot and Bamanbore-Samakhiyali stretches of the national highway grid.