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The Blue Flag Programme challenges local authorities and beach operators to achieve high standards in the four categories of water quality, environmental management, environmental education and safety. (Image used for representation).(GETTY IMAGES/iStockphoto.)

Goa’s plan to get ‘Blue Flag’ certified beaches encounters ‘unclean’ waters

Hindustan Times, Panaji | By Gerard de Souza
UPDATED ON FEB 20, 2020 07:24 PM IST
Goa’s Tourism Director Menino D’Souza said that water quality was the “main issue” that was in the way of Goa being ready to apply for the certification and that with regard to other requirements the state could put them in place fairly quickly.
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Environment be damned, there’s no stopping paver blocks in Mohali

Hindustan Times, Mohali | By Hillary Victor, Mohali
PUBLISHED ON JAN 08, 2020 12:25 AM IST
No policy in place, MC laid interlocking paver blocks in entire city at 45 crore in two years
Scientists say millions of litres of waste water, containing toxic elements and metals, is dumped in the Ganga.(Sheeraz Rizvi/HT Photo)
Scientists say millions of litres of waste water, containing toxic elements and metals, is dumped in the Ganga.(Sheeraz Rizvi/HT Photo)

Polluted water making Ganga’s river bed unfit for sustaining aquatic life, says new research

Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By Joydeep Thakur
UPDATED ON DEC 25, 2019 05:24 PM IST
A team of scientists found such hypoxic conditions at two stretches on the path of Ganga - down stream of Assi drain in Varanasi and downstream of Wazidpur drain in Kanpur.
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal had said the issue was being ‘politicised’ even as he emphasised on how the number of localities in the city that complained of regularly receiving polluted water had reduced by around 95% in the last five years.(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal had said the issue was being ‘politicised’ even as he emphasised on how the number of localities in the city that complained of regularly receiving polluted water had reduced by around 95% in the last five years.(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)

RO firms will benefit from water report: AAP

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON NOV 23, 2019 01:04 AM IST
The party demanded an independent enquiry into the matter and Union consumer affairs, food and public distribution minister Ram Vilas Paswan’s resignation on “moral grounds”. Paswan denied the allegations.
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal rejected the BIS finding on Delhi’s water quality and in a press briefing, shared the addresses of the places from which BIS collected samples.(HT Photo)
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal rejected the BIS finding on Delhi’s water quality and in a press briefing, shared the addresses of the places from which BIS collected samples.(HT Photo)

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal questions credibility of samples collected for report on water quality

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Abhishek Dey and Sweta Goswami
UPDATED ON NOV 21, 2019 08:35 AM IST
A tussle over the quality of tap water in Delhi started on November 16, when Paswan shared the findings of a study conducted by BIS
Our team will monitor the river water. This will include aspects like BOD (biological oxygen demand), dissolved matter and biological and chemical pollutants, said Alok Dhawan, director, CSIR-IITR.(Hindustan Times/Rajesh Kumar)
Our team will monitor the river water. This will include aspects like BOD (biological oxygen demand), dissolved matter and biological and chemical pollutants, said Alok Dhawan, director, CSIR-IITR.(Hindustan Times/Rajesh Kumar)

IITR team to examine water quality across 2,500 km stretch of Ganga

Hindustan Times, Lucknow | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON OCT 09, 2019 11:49 PM IST
A team from the Indian Institute of Toxicology Research (IITR) is accompanying the 2,500 km rafting expedition in the Ganga from Devprayag to Gangasagar to examine the water quality of the entire stretch.
Since plastic materials are not generally degradable through weathering or ageing, this accumulation of plastic pollution in the aquatic environment creates a major concern.(Unsplash)
Since plastic materials are not generally degradable through weathering or ageing, this accumulation of plastic pollution in the aquatic environment creates a major concern.(Unsplash)

Microplastics harming our drinking water

Press Trust of India | By Press Trust of India, London
PUBLISHED ON SEP 09, 2019 02:31 PM IST
Researchers from the University of Surrey in the UK and Deakins University in Australia investigated nano and microplastics in water and wastewater treatment processes.
The hand pumps in the village, that used to run dry in summer, have enough water these days, said locals. “Residents had to dig borewells 25-30 feet deep, as the water supply from the water utility has been erratic.(HT Photo)
The hand pumps in the village, that used to run dry in summer, have enough water these days, said locals. “Residents had to dig borewells 25-30 feet deep, as the water supply from the water utility has been erratic.(HT Photo)

Residents of North Delhi give a thumbs up to parks

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Vatsala Shrangi and Joydeep Thakur
UPDATED ON JUN 05, 2019 06:38 AM IST
The park is surrounded by Jagatpur and Wazirabad villages on the one side and some newer settlements such as Baba Colony and Sangam Vihar.
Expanding mangrove cover and a sharp rise in encroachments has shrunk almost 70% of prime bird habitat near the Bhandup pumping station(Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)
Expanding mangrove cover and a sharp rise in encroachments has shrunk almost 70% of prime bird habitat near the Bhandup pumping station(Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)

Hutments, mangroves eat into 70% of Bhandup bird habitat: BNHS study

Mumbai | By Badri Chatterjee
PUBLISHED ON MAY 30, 2019 02:59 AM IST
According to the report, of which HT has a copy, this has resulted in a 70% drop in the wetland area (mudflats) from 344ha in 1973 to 100.3 hectare in 2018.
Toxic foam has started forming on the surface of Mahim creek(HT Photo)
Toxic foam has started forming on the surface of Mahim creek(HT Photo)

Faecal truth: E-coli thriving in Mahim creek, big threat to fish

Hindustan Times | By Badri Chatterjee, Mumbai
UPDATED ON MAY 12, 2019 12:50 AM IST
Water tested positive for extremely high levels of faecal matter, industrial effluents, low oxygen levels
No dilution,(Yogendra Kumar/HT PHOTO)
No dilution,(Yogendra Kumar/HT PHOTO)

No dilution, new rules concentrate on strict measures to treat sewage

Mumbai | By Badri Chatterjee
PUBLISHED ON MAY 04, 2019 12:44 AM IST
In August 2018, Pune resident Nitin Shankar Deshpande challenged the MoEF’s decision to dilute the norms in 2017, despite the stricter norms implemented by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) previously.
This is the first time that the CPCB has undertaken a biological water quality assessment — how suitable the water is to support life — of the Ganga.(Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)
This is the first time that the CPCB has undertaken a biological water quality assessment — how suitable the water is to support life — of the Ganga.(Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)

Ganga water moderately polluted at most stretches, says CPCB

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Jayashree Nandi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 27, 2019 07:21 AM IST
The habitat of the Gangetic dolphin, India’s national aquatic animal, is mainly in “moderately polluted”, sometimes even “heavily polluted”, stretches of the Ganga, according to a January 17 report published by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).
Apart from the dissolved oxygen level, the hydrogen (pH) level too has improved considerably in the Ganga in Kanpur(HT Photo)
Apart from the dissolved oxygen level, the hydrogen (pH) level too has improved considerably in the Ganga in Kanpur(HT Photo)

Marine life in Ganga set for a splash as water quality improves

Hindustan Times, Kanpur | By HT Correspondent, Kanpur
PUBLISHED ON DEC 21, 2018 11:19 AM IST
Experts attribute the change in the water quality to the tapping of the big drains bringing waste straight into the river and a check on tannery waste.
The Mula-Mutha river which passes through the city is one of the 302 polluted rivers of the country.(HT/PHOTO)
The Mula-Mutha river which passes through the city is one of the 302 polluted rivers of the country.(HT/PHOTO)

River rejuvenation project: Pune Municipal Corporation floats tenders, work to start soon

Hindustan Times, Pune | By Abhay Khairnar
UPDATED ON DEC 14, 2018 05:02 PM IST
The work on the project, which has passed several hurdles is likely to start only after the Lok Sabha elections which are scheduled to be held in April-May next year
The corps will be raised by the ministry of home affairs as demanded by the National Ganga Council.(AFP/Picture for representation)
The corps will be raised by the ministry of home affairs as demanded by the National Ganga Council.(AFP/Picture for representation)

River Ganga may get armed guards with powers to arrest polluters

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Jayashree Nandi
UPDATED ON NOV 01, 2018 09:18 AM IST
The draft National River Ganga Bill 2018 has proposed the setting up of an armed ‘Ganga Protection Corps’, with the powers to arrest offenders who pollute it, to keep the river clean and help in its rejuvenation, according to government documents and people familiar with the matter.
A Pune municipal corporation worker cleans the hyacinth and waste from Mutha river.(HT FILE PHOTO)
A Pune municipal corporation worker cleans the hyacinth and waste from Mutha river.(HT FILE PHOTO)

More polluted rivers in Maharashtra, not fewer: CPCB

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON SEP 20, 2018 09:30 AM IST
In August, the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) had claimed the number of polluted river stretches had dropped from 49 to 34.
Garbage in Mutha River near Omkareshwar temple in Pune, India, on Tuesday, August 28, 2018.(Rahul Raut / HT Photo)
Garbage in Mutha River near Omkareshwar temple in Pune, India, on Tuesday, August 28, 2018.(Rahul Raut / HT Photo)

Maharashtra’s most polluted water bodies in Mumbai, Pune, Thane: Report

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Badri Chatterjee
UPDATED ON AUG 30, 2018 11:04 AM IST
The findings of Maharashtra Pollution Control Board were compiled after monitoring water quality at 250 locations in Mumbai, Thane, Pune and Nagpur, under the National Water Monitoring Programme. These included rivers, sea coasts and creeks, drains, dams and wells .
The pollution, according to the water quality index (WQI), was the worst at the mouth of the Mithi river.(HT File)
The pollution, according to the water quality index (WQI), was the worst at the mouth of the Mithi river.(HT File)

Untreated sewage has polluted 7 spots along Mumbai’s coast

Hindustan Times | By Badri Chatterjee, Mumbai
UPDATED ON JUN 19, 2018 12:00 PM IST
Study done in March by the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board found that Mahim creek has the highest faecal content.
The high court directed that the Uttarakhand government to ensure that all ponds and water bodies were fenced and protected.(HT Photo)
The high court directed that the Uttarakhand government to ensure that all ponds and water bodies were fenced and protected.(HT Photo)

Remove encroachments from ponds, playgrounds within 6 months: HC to U’khand govt

Hindustan Times, Nainital | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON JUN 14, 2018 09:45 PM IST
The Uttarakhand high court has directed the state government to remove encroachments from village ponds, playgrounds and grazing lands within six months
The BMC has already sent notices to 25 cowsheds asking them to relocate.(HT File Photo)
The BMC has already sent notices to 25 cowsheds asking them to relocate.(HT File Photo)

Mumbai civic body plans to clear cowsheds from Dahisar river bank and reduce water pollution

HIndustan Times | By Eeshanpriya MS, Mumbai
UPDATED ON MAY 30, 2018 03:10 PM IST
The BMC has also asked washermen who use the dhobi ghat on the banks to set up a sewage treatment plant so that untreated water does not flow into the river
In the monthly e-bulletin published in September 2017, Pune’s water bodies cut a sorry figure.(HT Photo)
In the monthly e-bulletin published in September 2017, Pune’s water bodies cut a sorry figure.(HT Photo)

No water quality data from pollution board for six months

Hindustan Times, Pune | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAY 21, 2018 02:41 PM IST
Officials say lack of manpower and software issues has led to delay in uploading data
A polluted Bandi River in Pali.(HT Photo)
A polluted Bandi River in Pali.(HT Photo)

Bandi river’s water unfit for agricultural and domestic purpose, says NGT monitoring committee

Hindustan Times, Jaipur | By Nitika Kakkar, Jaipur
UPDATED ON MAY 14, 2018 10:15 PM IST
The river is so polluted that it has killed all the weeds along the banks.
The court was hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by NGO Vanashakti complaining that rampant construction is taking place in and around rivers.(HT PHOTO)
The court was hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by NGO Vanashakti complaining that rampant construction is taking place in and around rivers.(HT PHOTO)

List steps to protect rivers, improve water quality: HC to State

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON APR 25, 2018 12:15 AM IST
The division bench was irked to note that indiscriminate construction and development is taking place on river beds, along river banks and river fronts across the state
The civic body will soon begin a Rs 209-crore rejuvenation and beautification programme for 3 rivers including Dahisar.(HT File)
The civic body will soon begin a Rs 209-crore rejuvenation and beautification programme for 3 rivers including Dahisar.(HT File)

BMC to appoint consultant for rejuvenation of 3 Mumbai rivers

Hindustan Times | By Geetanjali Gurlhosur
PUBLISHED ON APR 24, 2018 12:06 AM IST
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) proposed to appoint a consultant to prepare a detailed project report (DPR) of all three rivers.
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