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NGT rebukes panel for not acting against green violations in Gurugram housing project
The National Green Tribunal, while hearing a case of alleged violation of environmental clearances at a housing project in Gurugram, rebuked a joint committee for its investigation report and asked it to file a fresh report. The NGT bench, on July 3, 2019, chastised the committee for failing to submit requisite documents and recover compensation for environmental damage and for not taking appropriate actions against the project proponent. The case was against Magic Info Solutions Pvt Ltd and Godrej Projects Development Pvt Ltd.
The NGT had, on November 20, 2018, directed the committee to look into the alleged violations and submit a report. The report furnished showed that a show-cause notice had been given to the firms for violations related to domestic water supply, treatment of water by decentralised treatment and reuse of recycled water for flushing and gardening.
Tribunal demands affidavits on action taken against illegal mining in Tamil Nadu
The tribunal, on July 1, directed the Tamil Nadu State Pollution Control Board (TNPCB) and TN’s State Environment Impact Assessment Authority to file affidavits on actions taken against mining of Savudu, a kind of soil, in the state’s Kannigaiper village in Thiruvallur district.
Earlier, the executive engineer of the Arani river basin division with the Public Works Division was asked to submit a report. But that report did not answer if mining was taking place there, but it was clear that the mining-based industry had not obtained consent from the TNPCB under the Air and Water Act.
Nagapattinam collector fined in Cauvery, Mayiladuthurai rivers’ encroachment case
The NGT ordered Nagapattinam’s district collector to pay a fine of Rs 50,000 for dereliction of duty in Cauvery and Mayiladuthurai encroachment case on July 1, 2019. The
The tribunal had earlier directed the district collector to submit a report within two months on the encroachments and it was told the site inspection was done, but the report was pending. The NGT took the step the applicant’s counsel said no site visit had taken place. The NGT has also warned the collector that any failure to take appropriate steps in the matter would lead to another penalty of Rs 1 lakh.
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