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
Polluting tiles factory
The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on December 4 directed the Rajasthan State Pollution Control Board (RSPCB) to submit a further compliance report within one month on the environmental compensation to be recovered from the now-closed cement tiles factory, New Derivative Chemicals Pvt Ltd in Alwar, Rajasthan.
Allegations of air pollution and groundwater extraction by the factory had prompted the NGT to direct the RSPCB to submit a report on the matter. The report filed on November 6 mentioned that the unit was operating without obtaining prior Consent to Establish and Consent to Operate from the RSPCB.
It also noted that the land on which the unit was established had not been converted for industrial purpose, among other infractions.
Bio-medical waste disposal
The NGT on December 4 directed the Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board (UPPCB) to ensure that M/s Medicare Environmental Management Pvt Ltd at the Uttar Pradesh State Industrial Development Corporation, Masoori, Ghaziabad, comply with environmental norms.
The order came in the wake of allegations that the facility was disposing infected bio-medical waste, discharging untreated hazardous effluents and causing air pollution.
A joint report of the district magistrate, Ghaziabad, Central Pollution Control Board and UPPCB acknowledged the environmental violations and recommended action to be taken, which included imposition of environmental compensation of Rs 75,000 and prosecution to be initiated against the facility under the Water Act, 1974.
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