1 lakh km of road built using plastic waste
It was in 2016 when the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways had allowed the construction of roads using plastic wastes. Since then it has been shared that one lakh kilometer of the road has been constructed using plastic waste. Plastics were used for the 270 km long national highway in J&K, Delhi-Meerut highway and in other 11 states. Ministry also said that for the construction of 1 km of road 9 tonnes of bitumen and 1 tonne of plastic are required.
It is important to note that India generates at least 25,940 tonnes of plastic waste daily and 60% of it gets recycled while the rest gets dumped in landfills, clogs drains, goes into the ocean as micro-plastics or is burnt, leading to air pollution.
Manipuri Start-up is Making Eco-Friendly Dabbas Using Bamboo to Replace Plastic Tiffin
Zogam Bamboo works, a start-up based in Churachandpur in Manipur has come up with an eco-friendly lunch box. This tiffin carrier is entirely made up of recyclable bamboo shoots. The initiative will not only reduce the amount of plastic pollution but will also provide job opportunities to the locals and will further promote the local handicrafts. The start-up makes products with innovative craft and local resources. They use eco-friendly and naturally available raw materials for the same. They recently come out with an eco-friendly lunch box, a video of which went viral on social media and inspired many to buy it.
Sudha Ramen, an IFS officer, tweeted a video of the bamboo made lunch box and praised the efforts of the people involved. In her tweet she said, “the eco-friendly bamboo lunchbox is light and savvy and can easily replace plastic lunchboxes. They are not just attractive, but also eco-friendly and it also supports many to have a livelihood.”
8 people killed in Arunachal Pradesh landslides
In two separate incidents of landslides triggered by heavy rainfall have reportedly claimed the lives of at least 8 people in Arunachal Pradesh on 10 July. In the reported incident in Tigdo, a village in Papumpare district of Arunachal Pradesh, 4 members of a family which includes an eight month baby, were killed while they were sleeping. The other 4 people died in Modirijo, a village located near Itanagar. The state government has announced an amount of Rs 4 lakh each to the next of kin of the deceased.
While the road communication has been badly affected by nature’s fury, instructions have been issued to all the districts to keep a strict vigil and to monitor the situation to avoid large scale devastation and loss of human lives. India Meteorological Department and the Central Water Commission have further warned the government of a severe flood situation in the Himalayan State.
Tourists flock to Himachal, cause long queues at borders
After the Himachal Pradesh Government decided to re-open the hill state for tourism, it has started receiving tourists in large numbers. It is resulting in long queues of vehicles at the entry points for the past few days. It is reported that there is a large influx of tourists from the neighboring states which have resulted in queues at state entry points. One such incident got reported this Wednesday at the Shoghi police barrier in Shimla where the queue of vehicles at stretched for several hundred meters on one side of NH 5.
According to the SoP issued, tourists are only permitted after a medical screening and verification of their test reports, hotel bookings and online registration. 20 tourist vehicles have been sent back from the district borders by Kullu police due to the non-fulfillment of conditions required for entry.
Seismologists warn of a big Himalayan earthquake, says ‘overdue’ for long
According to a report published by the Hindustan Times, seismologists have predicted that there will be a big tremor in the Himalayan region. The news report states, “Seismologists are increasingly worried about at least one big Himalayan earthquake that is overdue in the region.” It is noteworthy that last such big tremor in the Himalayas was of 2015 in Nepal with a huge magnitude of 7.8, killing about 9,000 people and injuring 22,000.
The report further says that the timing for such an earthquake is not sure, this could happen in near future or in the next 100 years but the seismologists insist that there will one such incident sooner rather than later for which the country has to be ready.
They have further ascertained that the major earthquakes that happened in the Himalayas region in past 100 years have only loaded greater strain where they occurred, making a big earthquake even more necessary to relieve the elastic strain built up in the faults.
Festival of Tree Plantation celebrated in Tamenglong in Manipur
The Forest department of Manipur and Tamenglong District Administration celebrated the 71st edition of the Van Mahotsava, a weeklong celebration where around 20,000 tree saplings were planted in the district. As the survival of saplings is high in the first week of July, Van Mahotsava Tree Plantation week is celebrated mainly during this month every year.
Awongbow Newmai, Minister of Forest, Environment and Climate Change in Manipur government, present at the event said, “twenty years ago we hardly care about water reservoir or conservation but today in every village we are now facing with water scarcity and even though we have water pipes and fittings equipment, we are not able to find water now and the only solution for this is to protect the forest and plant more trees and not to cut trees.”
As the tribal population of the Tamenglong are largely dependent on ‘Jhum cultivation‘ for survival, the minister urged that the farmers of the villages can do so but they must also maintain and preserve forest area so that all kind of living creatures can survive for the next generation to come.
(By: Gautam Kumar)
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