Down To Earth brings you the top environmental cases heard in the Supreme Court, the high courts and the National Green Tribunal
Solid waste dumping
The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on October 17, 2019. directed Uttarakhand's urban development secretary to look into the unscientific dumping of solid waste on forest land in Pithoragarh.
Bio-degradable garbage was being buried in the dumping yard and non-degradable waste separated and sent to Encholi, 10 kilometres away from the dumpyard, through a contractor, a factual and action-taken report submitted by the district magistrate and the district forest officer of Pithoragarh had stated.
The report said this was in violation of the Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016.
The NGT directed the secretary to take remedial action and furnish a report within one month.
Stone crusher near habitation
The NGT on October 17 directed the Rajasthan State Pollution Control Board (RSPCB) to look into the matter of Bhagwati Stone Crusher in Subaki village of Bharatpur district. The stone crushing unit is located within 200 metres of a school in a populated area. The RSPCB was asked to take appropriate action in accordance with the law and file a report within a month.
Brick kiln causing pollution in Ghaziabad
The NGT on October 17 directed the Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board (UPPCB) to look into the allegation of brick kilns using softwood, plastic and dung cakes causing air pollution in Makimpur Gadi village of Ghaziabad district. The tribunal asked the UPPCB to take appropriate action and file a report within a month.
Pollution in Kanpur
The NGT on October 17 directed the Kanpur Municipal Corporation to look into the matter of growing pollution in the city on account of burning of garbage, dust and vehicular pollution, resulting in adverse impact on the public health and the environment. The municipality has been asked to submit an action taken report in a month.
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