Court Digest: Major environment hearings of the week (January 18-24, 2020)

Down To Earth brings you the top environmental cases heard in the Supreme Court, the high courts and the National Green Tribunal through the week     

By DTE Staff
Last Updated: Saturday 25 January 2020

Ghaggar river pollution

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on January 20, 2020 directed a committee to take steps on an expeditious basis to look into the deficiencies of sewage treatment plants, use of treated water and waste management to make the Ghaggar river pollution free. The river originates in Himachal Pradesh and ends in Rajasthan. It has turned into a polluted water body on account of discharge of effluents — industrial as well as municipal.

Plastic pollution in Malegaon

The NGT on January 21 called for stringent action against industries involved in melting plastic for manufacturing recycled plastic granules in Malegaon, Maharashtra. The units engaged in plastic-related activities continued to operate despite being served closure notices, a report filed by the Central Pollution Control Board said.

Kosathalaiyar river pollution

The NGT on January 21 directed the constitution of a committee consisting of the district collectors of Thiruvallur and Chittoor as well as Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh State Pollution Control Boards to have a joint inspection of Tiruthani in Thiruvallur, where 1,000 litres of expired milk packets were allegedly dumped in the Kosathalaiyar river.

Pollution of Bhedwad Khadi

The NGT on January 21 directed the Gujarat Pollution Control Board to look into polluting industries like Jaytex Silk Mills operating in Bhestan, Surat and discharging untreated coloured chemical liquid into the Bhedwad Khadi that finally falls into the Arabian Sea. The industries are also emitting toxic smoke.

Rejuvenation of Yamuna

The NGT on January 22 directed Haryana to undertake remedial action in order to check the discharge of untreated sewage directly into the Yamuna river at Faridabad.  

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