Down To Earth brings you the top environmental cases heard in the Supreme Court, the high courts and the National Green Tribunal
Nityanand Institute of Medical Science penalised for illegal waste disposal
The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on July 4, 2019 directed the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) to assess the environmental damage Nityanand Institute of Medical Science, Pune has caused through illegal discharge of untreated effluents and recover it. The tribunal asked the board to also ensure that appropriate steps and measures are taken for remediation and restoration of the environment and the institute must pay for this too.
"Non-compliance of the environment norms by the institute has undenyingly caused serious damage to the environment due to the unscientific manner in which the institute was being run,” said the NGT bench.
How is crop residue burning being tackled, NGT asks Centre, states
The NGT on July 5, 2019 directed the Ministry of Agriculture to file an affidavit regarding crop residue burning within a month and coordinate with Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh. The concerned states have also been asked to file progress reports mentioning strategies and proposed action plan they will employ to tackle the problem before August 9, 2019.
During the hearing, S Mukherjee, registrar, Jobner Agriculture University, Jaipur said the crop residue has huge potential for organic manure and decentralised composting units could be set up either in the fields or at community level in a village or in a cluster of villages. The court wanted this aspect to be explored further in the ministry’s meeting with the three states within a month. The tribunal was also told that in Rajasthan, this has been successfully tried by Sri Karan Narendra Agriculture University, Durgapura, Jaipur.
Sitapur firm must pay for causing pollution, killing animals: NGT
The tribunal on July 5, 2019 directed the Central Pollution Control Board, State Pollution Control Board, Central Ground Water Authority and a committee to assess the compensation JB Daruka Paper Limited has to pay killing animals by causing pollution in Uttar Pradesh’s Sitapur. Pending such assessment, a sum of Rs 10 lakh would be recovered from the paper unit as interim compensation, said the NGT bench.
The company had installed one borewell without getting any permissions and there was illegal extraction of ground water and absence of flow meter for recycling of effluents, according to a report submitted in the tribunal.
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