January 2013

Pune company blames GAILfor Quelossim land-filling

Paul Fernandes, TNN Jan 26, 2013, 03.32AM IST

PANAJI: The revenue department has initiated an inquiry to verify claims by a Pune-based hotel company that illegal reclamation of khazan land in Quelossim had been carried out by Gas authority of India limited (GAIL) and the mud-filling was beyond the CRZ area.

Deputy collector, M J Araundekar (before his transfer) had written to the member secretary, Goa coastal zone management authority (GCZMA), on October 26, 2012, that about 946 sq m of land under survey no 170/0 of Quelossim had been filled up illegally. An inspection by Mormugao mamlatdar had confirmed the illegal filling with a height of about 1.50m and a distance of 300m from the Zuari river.

Demolish illegal structures in Sindhdurga CRZ area: Zone authority

Clara Lewis, TNN Jan 17, 2013, 10.56PM IST

MUMBAI: The Sindhdurga collector has been directed to immediately demolish all illegal constructions in areas governed by the Coastal Regulation Zone notification.

The MCZMA has directed the collector to start immediate action on violations of the CRZ Notification, 1991 as well as 2011.

"The apparent violations such as construction in CRZ I area/mangroves should be acted upon immediately by booking the violators. Construction undertaken without CRZ permission in CRZ II and III areas should also be listed and action taken on the same should be submitted within two months," reads the order.

Coastal management plan: Govt ropes in SAC

 GANDHINAGAR: Ahmedabad-based Space Application Centre (SAC) will prepare the digitized coastal zone management plan for state's 1,600-km-long coastline.

Japan to replace Fukushima plant with world’s largest wind farm

In the wake of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, Japan has decided to build the world’s largest offshore wind farm to replace the crippled nuke plant.

The country plans to build a total of 143 wind turbines on platforms 16 kilometres off the coast of Fukushima by 2020, which is home to the stricken Daiichi nuclear reactor that hit the headlines in March 2011 when it was damaged by a severe earthquake and tsunami.

The wind farm will generate 1 gigawatt of power once completed, and is part of a national plan to increase renewable energy resources following the post-tsunami shutdown of the country’s 54 nuclear reactors. Only two have since come back on-line, the ‘New Scientist’ reported.

The project is part of Fukushima’s plan to become completely energy self-sufficient by 2040, using renewable sources alone. The prefecture is also set to build the country’s biggest solar park.

Tharuvaikulam coastal hamlet being given a facelift

Tharuvaikulam, a coastal hamlet, is getting a facelift. A series of developmental works are under way on the beach where a couple of walking tracks are coming up, according to S. Maharajan, president, Tharuvaikulam village panchayat. A children’s park and stone benches were being built at an estimated cost of Rs.45 lakh under self-sufficient scheme, he toldT The Hindu here on Sunday.

An eco-friendly fishing method was adopted here and it could only be witnessed at Tharuvaikulam, which was a role model to other coastal villages in Tamil Nadu, he said.

Mangrove forests threatened by Climate Change in the Sundarbans of Bangladesh and India

A new study has found the Sundarban coast retreating up to 200 metres in a single year due to rapidly deteriorating health of the world's largest Mangrove forest in the Sundarbans, the Ganges delta region of India and Bangladesh.

Zoological Society of London (ZSL) researcher Dr Nathalie Pettorelli, senior author of the paper says: "Our results indicate a rapidly retreating coastline that cannot be accounted for by the regular dynamics of the Sundarbans. Degradation is happening fast, weakening this natural shield for India and Bangladesh."

2012 among top 10 warmest years on record: NASA

WASHINGTON, January 16, 2013

NASA scientists say 2012 was the ninth warmest of any year since 1880 with an average temperature of 14.6 degree Celsius.

With the exception of 1998, the nine warmest years in the 132-year record all have occurred since 2000, with 2010 and 2005 ranking as the hottest years on record.

NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York, which monitors global surface temperatures on an ongoing basis, released an updated analysis on Tuesday that compares temperatures around the globe in 2012 to the average global temperature from the mid-20th century.

The comparison shows how Earth continues to experience warmer temperatures than several decades ago.

Mumbai's coastal area mapping completed

MUMBAI: The field survey for the new coastal zone management plan for Mumbai has been completed, including the demarcation of mangrove areas.

Root cause


In July 2008, Shantanoo Bhattacharyya was erecting a Bailey bridge in flood-ravaged Lakhimpur, Assam. Walking back to his quarters that night, the executive engineer with the Public Works Department was stopped by a retired school teacher. “Every year, you come to help during the floods. Why can’t you create a system that can be replicated by the common people?” he asked.

That question changed Shantanoo’s life. He realised that all the technology used to help people during calamities was proprietary. And, as a result, very expensive. “We provided people readymade solutions, but never transferred the knowledge,” says this bio-engineering volunteer who was in town to take part in the Indian Roads Congress.

Govt nod for cew fishing harbour near M’lore port

 Suresh Nandi, Mumbai, Jan 8, 2013, DHNS:

Centre will provide 75 pc funds, says Union Minister for Shipping