Court digest: Major environment hearings of the week (March 25-29)

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

By DTE Staff
Published: Saturday 30 March 2019
Representational Photo: Getty Images

NGT gives industries in Pali last chance to pay Rs crore 

Justice Raghuvendra S Rathore of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) on March 28 gave Pali Water Pollution Control Treatment & Research Foundation last opportunity to deposit the remaining environmental compensation fee by April 30, 2019. They had requested for relaxation of time frame to deposit Rs 1 crore with the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB). It has been submitted that an amount of Rs 50 lakh has already been deposited. 

Defaulters to pay compensation for not installing rainwater harvesting systems: NGT 

The NGT on March 28 dismissed the review application, filed in relation to the November 16, 2017 order, when it had asked all schools and colleges in Delhi to install rainwater harvesting systems. The Tribunal had directed that they install the systems within a period of two months at their own cost, and any failure to comply with the order would lead to a fine of Rs 5 lakh as environmental compensation. In its latest order, the bench of Justice Raghuvendra S. Rathore said that had the work started on time, it would have been completed much earlier. Hence, the defaulting persons are liable for further compensation/cost for not installing the rainwater harvesting systems. 

Look into the pollution caused by Nityanand Institute of Medical ScienceNGT 

A two-member bench of Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel and K Ramakrishnan of NGT oMarch 27 was hearing an application seeking action against illegal discharge of untreated effluents by Dr Nitin Virsingh Daliya in the course of his business of running Nityanand Institute of Medical Science, in Pune, Maharashtra. The Tribunal directed the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) to submit a factual and action taken report on the issue. 

NGT asks committee to look into discharge of untreated industrial effluents into Kharicut Canal 

The NGT on March 25 was hearing an application filed by villages of Kheda Taluka regarding untreated industrial effluents being discharged in Kharicut Canal, which flows into Khari River in Gujarat, affecting irrigation and livelihoods of the inhabitants. Further borewells have been dug in BherajPinnglojNavagaonLali villages without permission of the Gujarat Pollution Control Board (GPCB), the plea submitted. The Tribunal directed that a joint committee of the CPCB and the GPCB look into the matter and take appropriate action in accordance with law and furnish a factual and action taken report within one month. 

Encroachment on storm water drains connected to the lakes of Bangalore: plea in NGT

An application alleging illegal construction of houses and shops under the high power transmission lines without safe distance as per the norms in Ashwath Nagar of Bangalore, Karnataka, was heard by the NGT on March 27. The application also alleged that storm water drains connected to the lakes of Bangalore are encroached upon, resulting in untreated waste water being discharged into the said drains. The Tribunal directed Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) to look into the matter and furnish a factual and action taken report within one month. 

Pollution by BBC plant at village Gagseena to be probed: NGT 

The NGT on March 27 directed the Haryana State Pollution Control Board (SPCB) to look into the matter of chemicals being discharged by the BBC Plant at village GagseenaGhauranda in Karnal district causing air pollution, damaging the crops and also affecting the fodder for the livestock. The SPCB was asked to take appropriate action in accordance with law within one month. 

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