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Areendran G.,Indira Gandhi Conservation Monitoring Center | Rao P.,Symbiosis Institute of International Business | Raj K.,Indira Gandhi Conservation Monitoring Center | Mazumdar S.,Indira Gandhi Conservation Monitoring Center | Puri K.,Indira Gandhi Conservation Monitoring Center
Tropical Ecology

This paper presents results of the study on the dynamics in land use/land cover (LULC), resulting from mining related activities, in Singrauli district of Madhya Pradesh. The availability of large coal reserves and the construction of Gobind Ballabh Pant Sagar reservoir in Rihand river have provided the necessary impetus to industrial development in the district. Mapping of LULC change is an important activity of land management and monitoring. The changes were mapped using remotely-sensed multi-date satellite in a Geographic Information System (GIS). Spatial and temporal changes in the land use/land cover were quantified using Landscape metrics. In addition, Markov transition matrix and change rate were also calculated for each of the LULC classes. The transitions from one class to the other were depicted with the help of change matrices. The analysis suggests that the vegetation cover is undergoing continuous negative change in terms of composition and extent. The rate of deforestation and forest fragmentation has also increased while built up and mining areas have registered a positive change. © International Society for Tropical Ecology. Source

Hunashal R.B.,Institute of Business Management | Patil Y.B.,Institute of Business Management | Patil Y.B.,Symbiosis Institute of International Business
Nature Environment and Pollution Technology

Kolhapur is rapidly emerging as industrialized and urbanized cities in the state of Maharashtra. In the recent times, the city has started facing noise pollution problems due to rapid industrial growth, increased human population, high traffic density and modernized man-made activities. The present study was carried out to assess the environmental noise pollution in four different selected locations of Kolhapur city viz., educational area, commercial-cum- residential area, industrial-cum-residential area and silence zone. The key noise pollution indices such as noise climate (NC), equivalent continuous noise level (Leq) and noise pollution level (Lnp) were computed for the selected noise polluting sampling sites. Results indicated that the highest noise pollution level of 80.15 dB(A) was observed in industrial-cum-residential area followed by 71.17 dB(A) in commercial-cum- residential area, and 70.21 dB(A) in educational area. Least noise pollution level of 45.64 dB(A) was recorded in the silence zone, which also acted as control in the present study. Studies clearly reveal the alarming condition of noise pollution in Kolhapur city. Source

Bhattacharya S.,Symbiosis Center for Management and Human Resource Development | Bhattacharya S.,Symbiosis Institute of International Business
Sustainability (United States)

The values and ethos of Indian philosophy have always emphasized assuring a sustainable lifestyle for the well-being of the present and future generations. The key perplexing question is whether development must be compromised in order to ensure sustainability. This article presents a review on how the nine facets of human needs: subsistence, protection, affection, understanding, participation, leisure, creation, identity, and freedom can be fulfilled without hampering the lives of future generations. The authors provide an outline of how various stakeholders in India-individuals, government, entrepreneurs, nongovernmental organizations, academicians, and the media-are contributing to the adoption of ecofriendly measures that will provide for need fulfillment within the framework of a sustainable lifestyle. Source

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