Daily Court Digest: Major environment orders (May 4, 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: Monday 04 May 2020

Sanitary landfill site at Mandi Dabwali

A report uploaded on the National Green Tribunal (NGT) site on May 2, 2020 found deficiencies in the proper and scientific management of solid waste by the municipal council of Mandi Dabwali in Haryana’s Sirsa district.

The municipal council had not made provisions for door-to-door collection of segregated solid waste and scientific management of solid waste, the report stated.

The local body was also not “complying with the duties and responsibilities assigned to them according to Rule No. 15 of the Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016.” Further, the sanitary landfill site of the council was found to be non-compliant with respect to provisions of the Environment Protection Act, 1986.

Steel pickling units in Delhi

No pickling activity was going on in Delhi’s Wazirpur Industrial area, the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) said in a report on illegal steel pickling units in the area. The report was uploaded on the NGT site on May 2.

Seventy-five pickling units had already been closed down by DPCC in the area and Tata Power and Delhi Jal Board had been directed to disconnect the electricity and water supply of the units, the report added.

Further directions were issued to the sub-divisional magistrate of the concerned area, Tata Power, Delhi Jal Board and Delhi Police to maintain constant vigil on sealed premises of stainless steel pickling industries, the report said. 

Stone crushers in Jhunjhunu

The 34 illegal stone-crushers operating in Moda Pahad area within the municipal limits of Jhunjhunu Municipal Council, were also within 1.5 kilometres of the habitation, a report filed by the Rajasthan State Pollution Control Board (RSPCB) on May 2, said.

The report was filed in compliance of the NGT order of November 25, 2019 regarding the crushers.

It added that the stone crushers were within the prohibited range from a national highway and a state highway. Their operations were causing a lot of pollution.

The report informed the tribunal that 26 stone crushers were found to be operational, out of which 10 crushers had rectified the non-compliances and 16 had failed to comply.

The State Pollution Control Board had issued closure directions under section 31 A of Air Act against the 16 non-compliant stone crushers. Further, electricity connections had been disconnected.

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