Comprehensive Assessment of Thippagondanahalli Reservoir Catchment Area and its Preservation Zone
Thippagondanahalli Reservoir [TGR] or T.G. Halli, also called as Chamarajasagar Reservoir is situated in the Bangalore Rural district. The TGR used to supply 145MLD of water to the Bangalore City for domestic purposes which gradually decreased. In the 1990s, the water inflow to TGR got reduced due to the rapid urbanization in the TGR catchment area. In order to ascertain the exact causes for the dwindling inflow to TGR, the BWSSB entrusted a study to ISRO. Based on the ISRO-INRIMT report, the Department of Ecology and Environment, Government of Karnataka issued a Government Order under section 5 of the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986, dated 18th November 2003, by declaring the entire catchment area as ecologically sensitive, classifying into four zones and prohibiting different types of development activities in the catchment area. Increasing urbanization and industrialization has led to alteration of the drainage pattern in the TGR catchment area. In the year 2013, a general demolition notification was issued through a publication in the newspaper under Section 15(4) and 17(4) of Karnataka Town and Country Planning Act, 1961 to all the building owners, as their structures situated are in Zone 3 of the Notification. Since the notice was published in the newspaper as a general notice, some of the farmers and land owners having buildings in the notified area filed 60 Writ Petitions connected to WP 38218/ 2013 before the Hon'ble High Court of Karnataka.
In the meantime, the Karnataka Government withdrew the TGR preservation notification (G.O. No. APG 01 ENG 2011 dated: 24.07.2014) to take stock of the present situation and come up with suitable modifications to the Government Order. The Hon'ble High Court stayed the withdrawal Notification and appointed the
Amicus Curiae to assist and provide detailed information regarding the current situation to the Hon'ble High Court of Karnataka. Hon'ble High Court of Karnataka directed EMPRI to carry out a comprehensive study and submit the report on TGR catchment area based on the Terms of Reference suggested by
Amicus Curiae. In accordance with the Orders of the Hon'ble High Court of Karnataka, the study was successfully completed and the report was submitted on September, 2015 to th e Hon'ble High Court of Karnataka, Bengaluru (Vol-I; Main Report, Vol-II; 61 Writ Petitions & Vol-III; Annexure and supportive documents). Download this report Volume 1Volume 2 Volume 3
Assessment of Current Status of Cauvery River in Karnataka and Study of 300m Buffer Zone on Both Sides of the River
Under the financial assistance from Centre for Infrastructure, Sustainable Transportation & Urban Planning (CiSTUP), IISc., Bengaluru, the EMPRI has successfully completed the study entitled as above and the final report was released on December, 2017.
The study has addressed the decadal changes in-terms of current land-use and land-cover practices in the study area by using satellite imagery of the year 2004 and 2014; assessed the current status of the Cauvery river; water quality and biodiversity of Cauvery River has been assessed based on the secondary authenticated data collated from the concerned authorities/academic reports/publications/website; analysis of existing legal and policy framework and action plan for sustainable management of the Cauvery river and its buffer zone.
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State of Environment Reports
State of Environment Report Karnataka 2015 | 2016
Funded by Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC), Government of India(GoI). With the help of 48 subject experts in the respective fields EMPRI has prepared this report consisting of 16 chapters. The chapters are:- (1) Forest and Wildlife (2) Biodiversity (3) Coastal and Marine Ecology (4) Land Degradation –Mining and quarrying (5) Air, Noise and Water Pollution (6) Agriculture and allied sectors which consists of five sections viz. (a) Agriculture (b) Sericulture (c) Livestock (d) Horticulture and (e) Inland Fisheries (7) Water Resource and Irrigation (8) Health (Animal and Human Health) which has two sections viz. (a) Human health and (b) Animal health (9) Energy (10) Waste Management (11) Industry (12) Transport (13) Climate Change (14) Environmental Hotspots (15) Policy Recommendations (16) Economic Instruments. Each chapter was peer reviewed by a team of 16 reviewers and thereafter edited by the editorial team. These chapters discuss the present status, problems, solutions and the way forward.this report organized with text, pictures, graphs and charts makes a good reading to all environmentalists, researchers and policy makers to have a through understanding to take science based decisions for better environmental health, which will enable green growth and sustainable development in the state of Karnataka. Download this report
State of Environment Report Karnataka 2011 | 2012
Funded by Department of Ecology & Environment (DEE) and Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF), this is the second edition of the earlier State of Environment Report Karnataka 2003. It is more than an update as its scope was considerably expanded. New topics include agriculture, which is the state's main livelihood provider, and education, which offers valuable entry points for conservation of natural resources. Also a discussion of climate change appears here for the first time, whose bearing on environment cannot be neglected. The report concludes a summary of recommendations and good practices vis-a-vis challenges identified. Download this report
State of Environment Report Bangalore 2008 | 2009
Funded by Department of Ecology & Environment (DEE) and the ASEM programme of German Technical Cooperation (GTZ, now GIZ), this is one of India's first urban state of environment reports. 22 authors prepared this document aided by an editorial team of 8 members. This report provides a close-up to specific urban issues and a broad, detailed assessment of problem areas while proposing an equally detailed action plan. Download this report
State of Environment Report Karnataka 2003 | 2004
Funded by World Bank, this is the first holistic assessment of Karnataka's state of environment. 25 subject experts representing 8 institutions author this work. An inter-departmental working group of Government of Karnataka facilitated the preparation. The report provides a comprehensive yet succinct analysis of current environmental issues and proposes actions to address these. Published in 2004, the document was printed in both English and Kannada. Download this report (English only)