Daily Court Digest: Major environment orders (March 6, 2020)

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: Friday 06 March 2020

NIMBY a major obstacle to waste management

Solid waste management usually faces a lot of opposition from people as ‘not in my backyard (NIMBY)’ is a major behavioural hindrance where people raise objections to hinder and stall these processes. This makes the implementation of solid waste plans difficult to execute, a report submitted by the East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC), said.

The status report of March 5, 2020, came in the wake of a National Green Tribunal (NGT) order in the matter of Birender Sangwan vs North Delhi Municipal Corporation & Others.

The report listed out the efforts taken by EDMC for implementation of Solid Waste Management Rules 2016, which include a system for collection, segregation, storage, transportation and processing / disposal of municipal solid waste through various scientific and use of modern technologies. Action was taken against defaulters for unscientific dumping of garbage of roads, footpath, parks and other places.

EDMC has also requested for land to plan and establish decentralised waste processing facilities and material recovery facilities.

Faulty STP of housing project

A housing project in Wazirpur Meoka village of Haryana's Gurugram was liable to pay environmental compensation for its faulty sewage treatment plant (STP), according to a report submitted by the Haryana State Pollution Control Board (HSPCB) to the NGT.

The domestic effluent collected from the outlet of STP was found to be exceeding prescribed limits and discharging the effluent without proper treatment according to Central Pollution Control Board norms.

The report that was uploaded on March 5, 2020, related to prosecution action under Section 43/44 of Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974 against M/s Ramprastha Saare Township.

Cleaning of drains before the monsoon

The Municipal Corporation of Gurugram in Haryana filed the latest status report on the work done for cleaning drains and new ones needed to be constructed on March 5, 2020.

Work done included the construction of new drains that would be completed before the coming monsoon and existing drains that would be checked before the monsoon and in case of any problem, the same would be resolved before the monsoon.

Industrial units in Faridabad

The HSPCB, in its report of March 4, 2020, informed the NGT that suitable action was taken against industrial units running without consent / permission in unauthorised industrial sectors in Faridabad.

The report contained a list of industrial units running outside notified industrial areas. Show cause notice for revocation of consent to establish / consent to operate was issued by HSPCB to 106 units for non-submission of land papers / documents regarding permission from concerned authorities ie Town and Country Planning Department and Municipal Corporation, Faridabad.

To prevent the operation of illegal industrial units outside the notified industrial area, the deputy commissioner of Faridabad had constituted three teams to survey the area.

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