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1.Ministry approves the development of Puducherry Port

The Union Environment Ministry has reportedly approved the development of Puducherry Port for Rs 444 mn.


2.South cement manufacturers draw up expansion plans

Manufactures such as Chettinad, Ramco and India Cements are readying plans to expand capacities or set up new factories as the demand for cement is reportedly recovering in southern India.


3.Emission standards compulsory for new thermal power plants

The Union Environment Ministry has reportedly been directed by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) not to provide environmental clearance to any new thermal power plant unless they comply with emission standards notified in December 2015.


4.118 north-east projects await green signal

Nearly 118 projects in the north-east are pending with the Union environment ministry, for want of forest clearance.


5.Centre simplifies clearance for highways expansion

The clearance process for highways expansion has been simplified by the Union Environment Ministry. The simplification comes following intense pressure to speed up the process to aid infrastructure development including setting up townships and area-development projects. A notification to this effect was issued by the Ministry recently.


6.Rs 20k cr worth stranded road projects to get nod

As the Union Environment Ministry is set to give its clearances to a clutch of stranded highway projects in one go, work could soon begin with a combined investments of over Rs 20,000 crore. The Ministry’s blanket approval is enabled by its decision to de-link the environment and forest clearances (EC and FC) for road projects, as per a recent Supreme Court directive.


7.Centre to change green norms for highrises

The Union Environment Ministry would soon be issuing new guidelines allowing high-rise buildings, even on smaller roads, provided they have the infrastructure to meet any calamity. The Ministry in 2012 had issued guidelines to allow high-rise buildings, more than 15 meters, across India. It had linked height of the building with the width of approach road and its distance from the nearest fire station.


8.Proposal to expand Bhopal-Nagpur highway rejected

The Union Environment Ministry has rejected a National Highway Authority of India's (NHAI) proposal seeking expansion of a road connecting Bhopal and Nagpur that cuts through a proposed tiger reserve in Madhya Pradesh. The Standing Committee of National Board for Wildlife, chaired by Environment Minister Jayanthi Natarajan, has accepted an expert panel report which said that four-laning of NH-69 within the Ratapani Wildlife Sanctuary cannot be permitted currently" as tigers and other wild animal


9.Proposal to expand Bhopal-Nagpur highway rejected

The Union Environment Ministry has rejected a National Highway Authority of India's (NHAI) proposal seeking expansion of a road connecting Bhopal and Nagpur that cuts through a proposed tiger reserve in Madhya Pradesh. The Standing Committee of National Board for Wildlife, chaired by Environment Minister Jayanthi Natarajan, has accepted an expert panel report which said that four-laning of NH-69 within the Ratapani Wildlife Sanctuary cannot be permitted currently" as tigers and other wild animal


10.Phase-I of Karaikal airport project to complete in 18 months

Super Airport, which is developing the first private airport project in Karaikal, Tamil Nadu, has stated that the first phase of the project will complete within around 18 months from the date of availability of funds.