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
Groundwater extraction for commercial purposes in Rawatbhata, Chittorgarh
The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on November 27 directed the member secretary, Rajasthan State Pollution Control Board (RSPCB), to submit a fresh report on illegal extraction of ground water at Rawatbhata in Rajasthan's Chittorgarh district by the water mafia for commercial purposes.
A report filed by the RSPCB acknowledged the illegal extraction of ground water by several entities and another report filed on September 2019 stated that closure orders had been passed and a chart of compensation prepared.
Slaughter house waste disposal
The NGT on November 27 disposed of the case on illegal operation of slaughter houses at Hirapur in Uttar Pradesh's Bulandshahar district.
The order came in the wake of the report filed by the Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board informing the NGT that necessary action had been taken to deal with the discharge of effluents. The disposal of slaughter house waste also led to foul smells, making it difficult for the inhabitants to breathe and resulted in several diseases.
Illegal scrap business in New Ashok Vihar, Delhi
The NGT on November 27 directed the Delhi Pollution Control Committee to verify the factual position of the illegal scrap business in New Ashok Vihar and submit a report in one month.
The East Delhi Municipal Corporation had filed a status report dated November 25, 2019, stating that there were 20 scrap dealers and show cause notices had been issued against them for violation. Further, four shops were sealed and the remaining shops were either vacant or had stopped the scrap dealing activity. But this stand was disputed by the applicant.
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