Down To Earth brings you the top environmental cases heard in the Supreme Court, the high courts and the National Green Tribunal
Ghaggar river pollution
The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on January 20 directed a committee to take steps on an expeditious basis to look into the deficiencies of sewage treatment plants, use of treated water and waste management to make the Ghaggar river pollution free. The river originates in Himachal Pradesh and ends in Rajasthan. It has turned into a polluted water body on account of discharge of effluents — industrial as well as municipal.
Forest encroachments in Delhi
The NGT on January 17 reiterated that that no encroachment should be allowed to continue on the forest land of Delhi and directed for a report to be submitted on the status of steps taken before May 14, 2020.
Khari river pollution
The NGT on January 17 asked Justice BC Patel, former Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court, to oversee the steps taken by the authorities to control the discharge of untreated industrial effluents in the Kharicut Canal, a tributary of the Khari river in Gujarat's Kheda district. Justice Patel would be assisted by the Central Pollution Control Board and Gujarat Pollution Control Board and he has to submit an independent report on the matter by April 10, 2020.
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