New terminal for Mumbai port faces criticism from urban planners | News | Down To Earth magazine

Mumbai port is set to expand. The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has given it the clearance to build an offshore container terminal, which will facilitate handling of large container vessels at the port. Mumbai Port Trust officials are happy because the Rs 1,228.39-crore project will add capacity of 9.6 million tonnes per annum to the port. Urban planners and activists, however, had hopes that some portion of the port land would be given to the city.

According to the Urban Design Research Institute (udri), a Mumbai-based ngo, the city has 0.01 ha of open space per 1,000 people, against the international norm of 1.6 ha per 1,000 people.

New terminal for Mumbai port faces criticism from urban planners | News | Down To Earth magazine.

Landscape Sacrificial – Landscape Institute

The Landscape Institute called for a greater role for the profession in response to the Government’s ‘Draft Strategy for Sustainable Construction.’

Chair of the Landscape Institute Policy Committee Jon Lovell said landscape was often “the sacrificial lamb” on projects, which undermined both the environmental and commercial value of developments.

Responding to the document produced by the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, Lovell said: “Landscape is the glue which holds development schemes together and should be a first consideration and not an afterthought when developing a new scheme.”

Landscape \Sacrificial.

Wind farm plan for Cardiff Bay

THE face of the waterfront in Cardiff and Barry could be changed forever, with plans to build wind farms on dockland sites.

Ports company ABP has brought in experts to look at the possibility building wind turbines on its sites across South Wales.

Wind farm plan for Cardiff Bay – icWales.

France unveils Green Taxes

France’s environment ministry unveiled a system of green taxes on gas-guzzling cars and bonuses for cleaner vehicles, as part of a nationwide strategy to slash global warming emissions.

From January 1, any driver who buys a new car emitting more than 160 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometre (just over half a mile) will be charged a penalty of up to 2,600 euros (3,800 dollars).

The Times – Article.

Vietnam Reform

The People’s Council in HCM City also met yesterday. Authorities announced a new municipal governance model, already approved by the Prime Minister, to be adopted in the next few years.

HCM City would be a vanguard in applying the new municipal governance model to better manage the country’s biggest socio-economic and financial hub, deputy chairman of the city People’s Committee, Nguyen Thanh Tai said.

Viet Nam News.

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