Down To Earth brings you the top environmental cases heard in the Supreme Court, the high courts and the National Green Tribunal
Damage by Jubilant
The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on February 4, 2020 directed M/s Jubilant Organic Ltd located in Nimbut Nira of Maharashtra’s Pune district to pay compensation for causing damage to the environment. The unit was told to take steps for remediation.
The steps have to be taken within three months and if there is noncompliance, closure would be the only option, the NGT said. Compensation already calculated has to be deposited with the Central Pollution Control Board within one month, it added.
Delhi water mismanagement
The revival of water bodies in Delhi was important for recharge of ground water as this, in turn, will impact water availability in the Yamuna river, a two-member bench of Justices Adarsh Kumar Goel and SP Wangdi of the NGT stressed in their order of February 3.
Thus, it was necessary to “consider a compensation regime with a view to ensuring sustainable development and inter-generational equity.”
The tribunal was hearing the case of water management in Delhi, including rain water harvesting, revival of water bodies, use of treated water and control of illegal extraction of ground water.
Muzaffarpur fly ash dump
The NGT on February 3 directed that a status report of the action taken to control pollution caused by a thermal power plant at Kanti Nagar village in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur district be submitted in a month.
UP trees to go for railway over bridges
The Supreme Court on January 30 granted permission to fell trees for the construction of three railway overbridge projects in Uttar Pradesh, subject to fulfillment of certain conditions.
The Social Forestry Division of Agra will have to do compensatory planting of 1,000 plants of indigenous species in 1 hectare of land in Gata No.10 of Majua Mutavai Tehsil, Fatehbad according to the apex court.
Encroachment of green space
The NGT on February 3 directed the Haryana State Pollution Control Board, Haryana Shehri Vikas Pradhikaran and the deputy commissioner of Faridabad to furnish a factual and action taken report in the matter of illegal encroachment of a park in the city by Shivalaya Colony and Naga Baba Colony.
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