Down To Earth brings you the top environmental cases heard in the Supreme Court, the high courts and the National Green Tribunal through the week
Legacy waste in Bharampuram, Kochi
The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on November 20, 2019 directed the Secretary, Local Bodies (Urban Development) to ensure that remedial action was taken in the matter of legacy waste dumped in and around Bharampuram on the outskirts of Kochi.
A report filed by the Kerala State Pollution Control Board had mentioned that there were no scientific facilities to compost the waste and its dumping was still going on, with no proper segregation being practiced.
Brick kiln in Sree Moolanagaran Parchayat, Kochi
The NGT on November 21 directed the Kerala State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) to submit a second report on the functioning of the brick kiln operating in Kochi's Sree Moolanagaran Panchayat.
The KSPCB, in a previous report, had stated that the kiln was causing air pollution and affecting public health as it was located just 200 metres from a place of human habitation. It had also said the unit was not functioning at the time of inspection.
The NGT also asked the KSPCB to take appropriate action in case of violation and furnish an action-taken report along with the second report.
Stone crusher in Bhanpura, Katni
The NGT on November 21 directed the Madhya Pradesh State Pollution Control Board to recover environmental compensation for violations committed by a stone crusher in Bhanpura village of Katni district.
The court was hearing a complaint filed by Rajkumar Kol, sarpanch of the Bhanpura Gram Panchayat about the stone crusher being located adjacent to a government school, causing air and noise pollution.
Brick kilns operating in Fazilka and Muktsar
The NGT on November 21 directed that another report be filed to ascertain the present status of certain brick kilns operating in Punjab's Fazilka and Muktsar districts without having converted to zigzag technology.
The kilns in question were allowed to continue up to September 30, 2019, in areas other than non-attainment cities, according to the report submitted by the Punjab State Pollution Control and the district magistrate, Fazilka.
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