Sand mining mafias are not deterred by the raids and continue to carry on nonchalantly with illegal mining in Tapi riverbed in Surat district.

Flood fury has claimed the lives of five people since Monday in different parts of the city. The bodies were found at different places after waters receded in the city.

Gujarat Pollution Control Board (GPCB) has slapped closure notices on eight textile dyeing and printing units in Sachin, Pandesara, Kim and Palsana near here for violating air and water pollution norms on Friday.

Official sources said around 37 textile dyeing and printing units have been issued closure notices for violating air pollution norms in the last one-and-a-halfmonth period. None of the mill owners has given an undertaking and explanation report to the GPCB.

Incessant rain for the last few days wreaked havoc in parts of Gujarat causing flood in many cities. The death toll in the state has reached 13 and over 90,000 people have been evacuated to safer areas, according to the state government.

The stormwater drains of the biggest cities of the state failed to cope with the unexpected deluge, in spite of elaborate “pre-monsoon plans” drawn up by municipal corporations. The retreating monsoon drowned Ahmedabad, Vadodara and Surat, exposing inadequate infrastructure and paralysing life since Saturday.

Conference discusses impediments that prevent solar energy from taking off in a big way in the country.

Stake holders, experts and state level policy makers are seeking reforms must to facilitate growth of solar energy sector up to its potential.

In the second phase of development of solar power projects in Gujarat, the state government plans to generate 60 MW power from rooftops by bringing in 30,000 houses under the project within the nex

A day after Ganesha visarjan, there was a pleasant surprise for environment activists as well as civic authorities.

A day after Ganesha visarjan, there was a pleasant surprise for environment activists as well as civic authorities.

Unlike previous years, when the sight of hundreds of idols were scattered in Tapi pained the devotees and caused pollution, the riverbed this year was much cleaner. Authorities said a vast majority of people this year have refrained from immersing idols made from plaster of paris (PoP) in Tapi.

Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) will undertake a mega tree plantation exercise to create a new record in the state.

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