Government to soon allot 62 offshore mineral blocks for mining

Government to soon allot 62 offshore mineral blocks for mining 

NEW DELHI: The government is in the process of framing regulations for exploration and mining in offshore blocks, which contain minerals such as zirconium, titanium, thorium, tungsten and rare earth elements. 

Mines Ministry has set up a committee that is framing the rules under the Offshore Development and Regulation Act, a top ministry official has said. 

Missing: 2,000 mangrove trees at a Madh Island plot hacked, burnt

Hindustan times

In just a year, 2,000 mangrove trees at a Madh Island plot, in an area protected under the Coastal Regulation Zone, have been hacked and burnt.

Centre notifies ESZ around Pulicat Bird Sanctuary


Yet in another historic attempt to conserve India’s second largest brackish water lake, the Central government has notified an area of two kilometres from north to south all along the western boundary of the Pulicat Bird Sanctuary within the Pulicat Lake in Andhra Pradesh as an Eco-Sensitive Zone (ESZ).

The Central government has notified the ESZ through a gazette (No. 1365) published on June 26, considering responses from all the stakeholders who responded positively to a draft notification, issued by the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC) in January 2014.

“It is necessary to protect the ESZ from ecological point of view, prohibiting any industrial activities including salt cultivation within the notified two-kilometre area. However, the State government (Andhra Pradesh) should prepare the ESZ management plan by June 2017,” the gazette reads.


Centre drafts cyclone risk plan for Mumbai, Thane

MUMBAI: The NDA government has drafted an ambitious Rs541 crore national cyclone risk mitigation plan for Mumbai, Mumbai suburban, Thane, Raigad, Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg districts. 

Groynes soon for Ennore hamlets

K. Lakshmi.

With the environment clearance obtained recently for the project, work to construct ‘T’ shaped groynes — a collection of boulders laid into the sea and perpendicular to the shoreline — is set to begin in one or two months. These groynes will help in preventing further erosion of the coast and stop seawater incursion into fishing hamlets, particularly during monsoon.

The Water Resources Department will construct 10 groynes at regular intervals of 200-300 metres for a stretch of two kilometres near the villages of Ernavoorkuppam and Thalangkuppam along Ennore Expressway.

During northeast monsoon, residents of several villages, including Chinnakuppam and Netaji Nagar, face severe threat of erosion. Rough sea conditions during cyclones often result in flooding and road damage owing to storm surges.