Solan: With the Ministry of Commerce according its principle approval to Rs 60 crore Common Effluent Treatment Plant (CETP) for the industrial hub of Baddi-Barotiwala-Nalagarh (BBN) at a meeting in Delhi today, the pollution woes of the area would be eased.

The Union Ministry of Power has approved a loan of Rs 81.07 crore for upgradation of power infrastructure to help reduce energy losses of 14 major towns of the state under the restructured accelerated power development and reform programme.

Joining issue with villagers of 10 panchayats, the Himalaya Niti Abhiyan has also lent support to the cause of villagers who are opposing the 30 MW captive thermal plant being set up at Bagheri by the JP Associates.

This organisation was a coalition of environment activists and community movement leaders from across Himachal.

A study was conducted to assess the oil content variation in Jatropha curcas seeds collected from seven sites varying in altitude and at different fruit maturity stages from wasteland and cultivable land.

The state electricity board today disconnected power connection of two industrial units, Rama Steel at Jharmajri and Affi Pharmaceuticals at Thana, in the Baddi-Barotiwala-Nalagarh industrial area after these were found erring on pollution-control norms.