The alleged cutting of trees in the forests around the popular Lodwick Point in Mahabaleshwar has raised the hackles of citizens of this hill station.

Senior activist and Narmada Bachao Andolan spokesperson, Medha Patkar, on Monday threatened to launch a massive agitation in Satara and Pune districts if the problems of the project affected people (PAP) are not resolved soon.

Patkar was in Pune for a meeting with the state minister for rehabilitation and forests, Patangrao Kadam, on the issue of rehabilitation of PAP in Pune.

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Windmills cannot be displaced as they are important for power generation, observed the Bombay high court while hearing a public interest litigation challenging installation of windmills in and around Koyna Wildlife Sanctuary.

A division bench of justices Ranjana Desai and RJ Ketkar was hearing a PIL filed in September 2011 by Satara activist Nana Khamkar seeking preservation of the sanctuary, w

Around 47,600 new vehicles were added to the vehicle population in the city in 2010, of which 32,844 were two-wheelers. The number of fatalities also increased at an alarming rate of 34%, compared to 2009.

While commercial vehicles increased by 11,006, Puneites purchased 4,727 new cars in 2010.

A special report by Down To Earth on Koyna sanctuary situated in Satara district, Maharashtra, where the windmills and resorts replace wildlife with government's help.

The protest march by villagers against the Sahyadri Tiger Project took an ugly turn on Monday evening when angry villagers pelted stones on the forest department (wildlife) office in Patan in Satara district.

The villagers were agitating against the Sahyadri Tiger Project, which was initiated last year by combining the Koyna Wildlife Sanctuary and Chandoli National Park.
The rally, led by Zill

In Satara, government officials catch public defecators with their pants down

Bulletin boards on the sleepy walls of village panchayat offices, rarely greeted with a glance, have started attracting a loyal audience in parts of Satara district over the last three years.

Pune 4,921 gram panchayats out of 5,678 will apply for environmentally-sustainable village status

Pune division

Recommendations by the Central Empowered Committee on the writ petition filed by Nana Khamkar on windmills in Koyna.

Months after notices were issued to 56 hospital establishments in Pune, 177 hospitals and clinics in Solapur and Satara districts have been issued show-cause notices by the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) for not treating their bio-medical waste. MPCB officials said the Pune hospitals had paid the fines and authorisation certificates had been issued to them.