Daily Court Digest: Major environment orders (May 6, 2019)

Down To Earth brings you the top environmental cases heard in the Supreme Court, the high courts and the National Green Tribunal
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SC nod to developmental projects involving forest diversion in Himachal

The two-member bench of Justices Arun Mishra and Deepak Gupta of the Supreme Court (SC) on May 3 gave many long-standing developmental projects in Himachal Pradesh the go ahead. The projects involve forest diversion. The apex court gave the order while hearing the case of silviculture felling of trees in the state.

Share expense: SC directs Punjab on Ghaggar study

The SC on April 29 directed the Punjab government to share expenses with Haryana for the study on Ghaggar river flooding, to be conducted by the Central Water and Power Research Station (CWPRS), Pune. The court had directed CWPRS to complete the study expeditiously to avoid flooding of agricultural land in 25 villages of Punjab and Haryana in 2019.

It had come to the notice of the SC that Punjab was neither supplying the necessary information nor willing to share the expense for the study, which according to the Additional Solicitor General was Rs 20,00,000. The Special Leave Petition had been pending in since 2013.

Train officers for enforcement of environment norms: NGT to CPCB

Develop institutional training mechanism for officers involved in enforcement of environment norms, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) on May 3 told the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB). The tribunal gave the order in the wake of solid waste management and allied issues in Manipur.

The compliance report submitted by Manipur indicated the steps taken for solid waste management, which included banning of plastic carrybags, made of recycled plastic, by Imphal Municipal Corporation; and an action plan for rejuvenation and conservation of the Nambul river prepared by the River Rejuvenation Committee (RRC).

NGT allows slaughterhouse in Kairana to operate

A single-member bench of Justice Raghuvendra S Rathore of the NGT on May 3 allowed a slaughterhouse, run by Meem Agro Foods Pvt Ltd in Kairana, district Shamli, Uttar Pradesh, to operate subject to fulfillment of certain conditions. The conditions include slaughtering capacity of the unit be limited to 300 animals per day, and that the unit shall not extract groundwater till they obtain appropriate permission from the Central Ground Water Authority (CGWA).

The CGWA has been directed to assess the environmental compensation to be charged for unauthorised extraction of groundwater by the unit.

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