The National Green Tribunal (NGT) restricts builders to extract groundwater in Noida

Extending HUDA's initiative further The National Green Tribunal (NGT) takes a step to safeguard the city's groundwater level. In a new order passed by the NGT, realtors in Noida, Greater Noida are banned to extract groundwater for construction purposes. The order was issued after the filing of a petition saying there were serious environmental consequences as a result of groundwater extraction. The water levels going down immensely has been confirmed by the local authorities. Though there are no concrete sources to quantify the measurement of water extracted by builders for construction purposes, a initiative such as this is expected to help restoring the depletion levels. The Developers will be required to have NOCs from the Central Groundwater Board to have their project layout plans sanctioned.

Established in 2010 under India's constitutional provision of Article 21, the National Green Tribunal is a special fast-track court to handle the expeditious disposal of the cases pertaining to environmental issues.

India: JICA agrees funds for Delhi water supply improvements

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has signed a Japanese ODA loan agreement with the government of India to provide a loan of up to USD 0.36 bn for the Delhi water supply improvement project. The project aims to develop a GIS system and improve and replace water supply facilities, including the service network, for customers in the National Capital Territory of Delhi, India. Currently, due to the high leakage rate, Delhi only has water for three hours a day on average. JICA has been helping to draw up a master plan for improving the water supply since 2009, with a target deadline of 2021. JICA will also undertake technical cooperation to improve the institutional capacity for operation and maintenance, leveraging the know-how of local governments in Japan to optimize the GIS system.

Ghana: Desalination plant in country receives USD 179 mn in funding

A Ghana seawater desalination project meant to benefit about 500,000 people is receiving USD 179 million in backing from the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency, the political risk insurance arm of the World Bank. The investment will help provide 60,000m3 of potable water a day to residents and businesses in the area of Accra, where supply and quality can be variable. Spanish water company Abengoa Water and Daye Water, a subsidiary of Japan's Sojitz Corp, will deliver the USD 125 million RO project, which is due to begin operations in 2014. Desalinated water will be sold to Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) under a long-term water sales contract of 25 years. The project will operate under a BOOT (build, own, operate and transfer) scheme.