Down To Earth brings you the top environmental cases heard in the Supreme Court, the high courts and the National Green Tribunal
Gunjawani Irrigation Project
National Green Tribunal (NGT) October 20, 2020 directed that a team comprising the collector, Pune, and Maharashtra State Pollution Control Board, be constituted to look into why people affected by Gunjawani Irrigation Project in Pune were not rehabilitated.
The affected persons had filed an application with the NGT against the project. It stated that directions issued for rehabilitation were not complied with and Maharashtra, even four years after the project started, did not fulfil the pre-condition of granting environmental clearance to the project.
The team has to submit a report within six weeks. The matter would be listed again for January 20, 2021.
Turtles nesting beaches of Goa
The NGT has directed removal of unauthorised constructions on the beaches of Goa before the turtle nesting season begins. It asked the state authorities to keep the beach areas fenced in order to them pristine and undisturbed during turtle nesting season that starts in November-December and continues till March-April.
The order came in the wake of an application filed by Victor Fernandes against the Goa Coastal Zone Management Authority (GCZMA) order February 11, 2020. The GCZMA order directed demolition of an illegal structure constructed by Rai Resort in a no-development zone of Ashvem Mandrem. A penalty of Rs one lakh was imposed on the resort.
The NGT, while dismissing the appeal, said some beaches are preferred by the sea turtles, particularly Olive Ridleys, for laying their eggs. Therefore, efforts must be made by the authorities concerned to keep such beaches undisturbed and in pristine condition.
No structures — temporary or permanent — should be erected on such beaches and no artificial lighting or food articles be thrown around, the NGT order read.
Illegal drinking water units in Maharashtra
The NGT directed the chief secretary, Maharashtra, to clarify as to how more than a 100 illegal manufacturing plants, units of drinking water jars and cans were operating in the state without any permission from the competent authorities.
It asked the chief secretary to ensure that all units, which have no authority from the Central Ground Water Authority or NOC from the competent authority, be sealed immediately and legal / penal action be initiated.
The Chief Secretary was further directed to take remedial measures to check, identify and regulate the functioning of these units.
The NGT was hearing the appeal filed by Vijaysinh Dubbal against these illegal drinking water units.
The NGT also passed a number of directions:
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