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Bor Wildlife Sanctuary: India’s 47th Tiger Reserve

As per the notification of Environment Ministry, Maharashtra’s Bor Wildlife Sanctuary will become the country’s 47th Tiger Reserve with an aim to bolster the conservation efforts of the national animal.

Notified by the State in 1970, the Bor Wildlife Sanctuary, is rich in biodiversity with a great variety of flora and fauna, including tiger, co-predators, prey animals and birds.

The habitat is picturesque and is on the periphery of Nagpur and Wardha districts, amidst the Satpura-Maikal landscape, forming catchment of the River Bor. The sanctuary is also an important corridor between Tadoba-Andhari and Pench Tiger Reserves of the State. Bor is the 6th tiger reserve of Maharashtra.

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NTPC seeks revocation of ban on Lata Tapovan Hydro Power Project

NTPC has filed a plea seeking continuation of work on its Lata Tapovan Hydro Power Project in Uttarakhand that was put on hold following the Supreme Court’s May 7 order. The apex court has issued notice to the government in this regard.

The court had ordered a halt to 24 projects that were proposed within 100 km of eco-sensitive zone from Gangotri. It had also directed the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) and the Uttarakhand government not to grant any environmental or forest approvals for any hydroelectric project in the hill state.

The court had asked the MoEF to form an expert panel to carry out a detailed study whether hydroelectric power projects both existing and under construction have contributed to the environmental degradation in Uttarakhand, if so, to what extent. The expert committee was also directed to examine whether these projects had contributed to the natural disaster that had hit the state in June 2013.​

As per the plea submitted by the NTPC, the expert panel constituted by the ministry deviates from the directions issued by the court, which had said it would have the representatives of the Uttarakhand government, Wildlife Institute of India, Central Electricity Authority, Central Water Commission and other expert bodies to undertake the detailed study as directed by it.

NTPC also said that due to delay it is losing time and the costs of the projects are also escalating.

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“Indira Paryavaran Bhawan” inaugurated by Dr. Manmohan Singh

Screenshot_5Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh inaugurated Indira Paryavaran Bhawan in New Delhi, which will house the Ministry of Environment and Forests and has a provision to accommodate its 600 officials.

About Indira Paryavaran Bhawan

Project of Ministry of Environment and Forests
A Project for Construction of New office Building at Aliganj, Jor Bagh Road, New Delhi.
India’s first on site Net Zero green building built by the adoption of Solar Passive design and energy efficient building material.
The building is targeted to achieve LEED India Platinum Rating and GRIHA 5 star rating.

Cost: Rs. 209 crore, include the cost of land, solar photo voltaic power generation and its evacuation system, three level mechanized basement parking system, air-conditioning system supported by geo-thermal cooling, IT services, audio and video system in auditoriums and committee rooms, furniture, provision for horticulture and other services including reuse of water by recycling the waste water and also to make the building friendly to physically challenged.

Requirements of GRIHA 5-Star and LEEDS Platinum ratings
  • Effective Ventilation has been achieved by orientating the building in an East-West direction, separating different blocks with connecting corridors and having a large central court yard.
  • The design is such that 75% of natural daylight is utilized to reduce energy consumption.
  •  The entire building has an access friendly design for differently-abled persons.
  •  With an Installed capacity of 930 KW peak power, the building has the largest roof top Solar system among Multi storied buildings in India.
  • Total energy savings of about 40% has been achieved by adoption of energy Efficient Chilled Beam system of Air Conditioning. This is an innovative air conditioning system, where air conditioning is done by convection currents rather than air flow through diffusers and chilled water is circulated right up to the diffuser points unlike the conventional systems.
  • Green materials have been used like Fly ash bricks, regional building materials, materials with high recycled content, high reflectance terrace tiles and rock wool Insulation of outer walls.
  • Rapidly renewable Bamboo Jute Composite material has been used for door frames & shutters.
  • UPVC windows with hermetically sealed double glass, Calcium Silicate ceiling tiles having high recycled content and grass paver blocks in pavements and roads.
  • Reduction in water consumption has been achieved by use of Low discharge water fixtures, recycling of waste water through Sewage Treatment Plant, use of plants with Low water demand in landscaping, use of Geothermal cooling for HVAC system, rain water harvesting and use of curing compounds during construction.

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