Daily Court Digest: Major environment orders (August 21, 2019)

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: Wednesday 21 August 2019

Notify Deepor Beel as eco-sensitive zone

The national Green Tribunla (NGT) on August 19, 2019 asked the Assam government to free Deepor Bol lake of hydrophytes, clean it and declare the lake and the adjacent wildlife sanctuary an eco-sensitive zone.

The NGT was hearing a case regarding encroachment around the lake and shifting of solid waste management plants near the water body. Meetings and visits were conducted to identify a place to set up the plant, said Additional Advocate General for Assam Nalin Kohli.

The site should be developed “as an integrated solid waste management plant as prescribed under the Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016 to take care of future space requirements”, said the tribunal.

Submit report on alternative fuel: NGT to Tamil Nadu

The NGT on August 19, 2019 directed Tamil Nadu government to submit another action plan on the use of alternative fuel to reduce air pollution within three months. The tribunal expressed its dissatisfaction with the last report saying it was not in tune with the guidelines provided.

An action plan submitted before the tribunal through the Joint Transport Commissioner (Road and Safety), Tamil Nadu read, "Under the present condition, the pollution level is under control when compared to other states and enough LPG is available throughout the state and CNG is not available. A committee has been constituted to study the same."

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