Telangana Current Affairs-2023
What is the purpose of the Palamuru Rangareddy Lift Irrigation (PRLI) scheme?
Answer: Providing drinking and irrigation water to various districts in Telangana.
Which committee recommended the Environmental Clearance (EC) for the PRLI scheme?
Answer: Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC).
In which city was the 49th Meeting of the Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC) held?
Answer: New Delhi.
Which government department submitted the proposal for the environmental clearance of the PRLI scheme?
Answer: State irrigation department.
Which areas are set to benefit from the PRLI scheme’s efforts?
Answer: Erstwhile Mahabubnagar, Nalgonda, and Ranga Reddy districts.
What is the significance of the Environmental Clearance (EC) for the PRLI scheme?
Answer: It supports the Telangana government’s water supply and irrigation efforts.
What phase of the PRLI scheme was the environmental clearance proposal submitted for?
Answer: Phase II.
What was the outcome of the 49th Meeting of the Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC)?
Answer: It recommended the Environmental Clearance (EC) for the PRLI scheme.
Which districts will benefit from the PRLI scheme’s Phase II?
Answer: Mahabubnagar, Rangareddy, and Nalgonda districts.
What is the impact of receiving Environmental Clearance (EC) for the PRLI scheme?
Answer: It boosts the efforts of the Telangana government to provide water for drinking and irrigation.
What governmental body conducted the public hearing for the project?
Answer: Telangana State Pollution Control Board.
Which ministry’s SOP was the ecological damage assessment report revised according to?
Answer: Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change.
What were the major challenges observed during the public hearing?
Answer: Land acquisition, compensation, and water supply in drought-prone areas.
Why was an expert committee directed to be constituted by the NGT?
Answer: To suggest remedial measures for ecological and social damage caused by construction without EC.
What was the additional condition for the recommended Environmental Clearance (EC) for the project?
Answer: Restoration of ecological and social damage in a time-bound manner.
How much was recommended to be spent on the Remediation plan, Natural Resources Augmentation Plan, and Community Resources Augmentation Plan?
Answer: Rs. 153.70 crore.
What is the purpose of the bank guarantee to be submitted by the project proponent?
Answer: Released after successful implementation of Environmental Management Plan (EMP).
What principle dictates that the project proponent pays a penalty to the State Pollution Control Board?
Answer: Polluters Pay Principle.
What type of trees need to be extensively planted around the proposed reservoirs?
Answer: Native perennial trees.
When is a study required to be conducted regarding the project’s impact on the environment?
Answer: After five years of project commissioning.
What renewable source of fuel is recommended for utilization in the project-affected area?
Answer: Bio-Gas plant utilizing cow dung.
What is the radius within which families are to be provided with solar panels?
Answer: Within 10 km radius of the project.
What committee needs to be constituted for Monitoring and Evaluation of Biodiversity Conservation Plan?
Answer: Biodiversity Management Committee (BMC).
What position is recommended to monitor the Environmental Management Plan (EMP) implementation?
Answer: Environmental officers with postgraduate degrees in environmental sciences or Environmental Engineering.
Where should Ambient Air Quality Monitoring stations be installed?
Answer: At project sites.
What was the main focus of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) regarding the project?
Answer: Suggesting remedial measures for ecological and social damage caused without Environmental Clearance (EC).
In which districts was the public hearing for the project conducted?
Answer: Mahabubnagar, Nagarkurnool, Rangareddy, Vikarabad, Nalgonda, and Narayanpet.
What are the key elements of the project’s restoration and augmentation plans?
Answer: Remediation Plan, Natural Resources Augmentation Plan, and Community Resources Augmentation Plan.
What agency is responsible for the study on the project’s environmental impact after five years?
Answer: An independent agency.
What specific requirement is emphasized for successful project implementation?
Answer: Time-bound execution of Remediation Plan, Natural Resources Augmentation Plan, and Community Resources Augmentation Plan.