Daily Court Digest: Major environment orders (April 24, 2019)

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Daily Court Digest: Major environment orders (April 24, 2019)

SC permits felling of 202 trees in Perumalai Forest for road, but with conditions

The two-member bench of Justice Arun Mishra and Justice Deepak Gupta of the Supreme Court (SC) on April 22 granted permission for removal of 202 trees in the Perumalai Reserve Forest at Lingavadai Village in Natham Taluk, Dindigul district from L Malaiyur Forest Road upto Rajakadu for road construction.

The permission was granted subject to the fulfillment of conditions as per the Central Empowered Committee (CEC) report which included approval to be obtained under the Forest (Conservation) Act, 1980. The conditions on which such approval has been granted also have to be fully complied with, including payment of Net Present Value (NPV) and compensatory afforestation to be undertaken in the non forest area identified for the purpose.

Further, the SC ordered that a six monthly report be submitted to the CEC with respect to plantation and its rate of survival and growth of newly planted trees. The first report should be submitted within six months, thereafter, in every six months, it has to be submitted to the CEC for a period of five years.

Joint committee to look into compliance of NGT orders on solid waste dumping in Vrindavan

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on April 22 ordered that a joint committee be formed, comprising representatives of the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), State Pollution Control Board (SPCB) and Nagar Palika Parishad, Vrindavan, to look into the compliance of orders passed by the tribunal from 2016 to 2017 on unregulated dumping of municipal solid waste on the flood plain area of river Yamuna and burning of municipal solid waste.

TSDF facility violating environmental norms in Karnataka: NGT asks for a report

On April 22, the NGT was hearing a case on the violation of environmental norms by M/s Ramky Enviro Engineers Ltd and M/s Ramky Infrastructure Ltd while operating Treatment, Storage and Disposal Facility (TSDF). The case has been transferred from the High Court of Karnataka.

The petitioners wanted the TSDF to be audited and deposit of funds by the service provider be ensured. Further, it was alleged that the environmental clearance, as required, has not been taken; nor post establishment preventive and remedial steps taken to comply with the requirement of Air Act 1981, Water Act 1974 and the Environment Act 1986.

The NGT directed that a factual analysis report be submitted by a joint committee, comprising representatives of the Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change (MoEF&CC), CPCB and Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) within a period of two months.

Darjeeling District Magistrate to submit report on construction on the banks of river Balasan

The NGT on April 22 was hearing a case filed by Monojit Das on the violation of environmental laws in raising illegal constructions on two sides of the river bank barrage near Balasan river and Chamta river, near Siliguri town in West Bengal. The tribunal directed the District Magistrate, Darjeeling, to furnish a report on the issue.

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