Daily Court Digest: Major environment orders (July 1, 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: Monday 01 July 2019
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Shrine board for Govardhan temples 

Uttar Pradesh Additional Chief Secretary AK Avasthi must file an affidavit on steps taken for the constitution of a shrine board for three temples namely: Govardhan-Jatipura, Dhanghati and Mansi Ganga in Govardhan town near Mathura, western Uttar Pradesh.

This was the direction given by a bench of the National Green Tribunal (NGT), headed by Justice Raghuvendra S Rathore and expert member Satyawan Singh Garbyal, on June 29, 2019.

Uttar Pradesh not constituting a shrine board for these temples was one of the instances which showed that management of temples was being done for self-interest, the NGT’s order said.

It emphasised that the constitution of a shrine board would solve many problems regarding proper supervision and management of the temples, including hygienic conditions and preventing pollution of the environment.

The order also called for regulating traffic and provision of sewage connection for the 2,600 houses at Govardhan.

No mining in Jodhpur forest blocks till proper demarcation

No mining activities are to be carried out in the forest blocks of Beri Ganga and Motisara in Rajasthan’s Jodhpur district until the demarcation of land belonging to the forest and mining departments was carried out, the NGT directed on June 27, 2019.

Also, Jodhpur’s divisional commissioner, collector, district mining officer, district forest officer, and the police commissioner have been directed to appear in court on the next date of hearing, which is July 22, 2019, to resolve the issue on the basis of correct information and relevant records.

Encroachment of South Delhi ridge: Bailable warrants issued to Deputy Conservator of Forest

The district magistrates of South Delhi, South East Delhi and New Delhi have to file an affidavit mentioning the total areas to be demarcated on Delhi’s South Ridge and also the encroachments identified, removed and yet to be removed.

The NGT directed the move during a hearing on the matter on June 26, 2019.

Further, bailable warrants are to be issued to the district magistrate of North Delhi and the deputy conservator of forests, New Delhi, for their production before NGT on the next date of hearing, in the sum of Rs 25,000 to the satisfaction of the arresting officer for their failure to be present before the tribunal.

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