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
Death of migratory birds in Sambhar lake
The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on November 20, 2019 directed a factual and action-taken report to be submitted jointly by the National Wetland Authority, Government of India, State Wetland Authority, Rajasthan, Rajasthan State Pollution Control Board and the district magistrate of Jaipur., in the case of migratory birds dying at Sambhar lake in Rajasthan
The State Wetland Authority would be the nodal agency for coordination and compliance. The report has to be furnished before January 22, 2020.
The carcasses of 18,000 migratory birds have been found at Sambhar lake, 80 kilometres south-west of Jaipur from November 10, 2019 till now.
Finalisation of Natural Conservation Zone
The NGT on November 20 directed the constitution of a joint committee to give a final report to it on the safeguarding of land use falling under the Natural Conservation Zone in terms of a regional plan prepared by National Capital Region Planning Board (NCRPB).
The committee would constitute representatives from National Remote Sensing Centre, Hyderabad, Forest Survey of India, Dehradun, revenue secretaries and Principal Chief Conservators of Forests of Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi and Rajasthan and a representative of the Union environment ministry.
Grievance had arisen on account of the fact that after the regional plan was prepared by the NCRPB, the area shown in sub-regional plans prepared by the states (Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan) was at variance.
Legacy waste of Bharampuram, Kochi
The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on November 20, 2019 directed the Secretary, Local Bodies (Urban Development) to ensure that remedial action was taken in the matter of legacy waste dumped in and around Bharampuram on the outskirts of Kochi.
A report filed by the Kerala State Pollution Control Board had mentioned that there were no scientific facilities to compost the waste and its dumping was still going on, with no proper segregation being practiced.
Air pollution control
The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on November 20 directed that the required number of ambient air quality monitoring stations (AAQMS) be installed within one year and quarterly progress reports furnished to Central Pollution Control Board by all the state pollution control boards and pollution control committees.
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