Daily Court Digest: Major environment orders (October 30, 2019)

Down To Earth brings you the top environmental cases heard in the Supreme Court, the high courts and the National Green Tribunal  

By DTE Staff
Last Updated: Wednesday 30 October 2019
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Water level in Sardar Sarovar dam 

The Supreme Court on October 24, 2019 directed a review committee to expeditiously hold meetings to resolve the matter of water level of the Sardar Sarovar dam and rehabilitate the project affected families.

The Apex court referred to its earlier order passed in September 18, where the counsel for the petitioners had agreed that if the “high level committee/review committee meets and takes a decision about the maintenance of the water level and for rehabilitation of the project affected families”, then it would be acceptable.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Union of India, Narmada Control Authority and Gujarat has agreed that they would conduct the review committee meetings “as per Clause XIV, Sub­clause 14 of the Narmada Water Disputes Tribunal Award.”

The committee would meet and take a decision about the water level as well as rehabilitation issues involved in the matter.

Water quality in Mansi Ganga Kund 

The matter of discharge of sewage from the houses in the vicinity of Mansi Ganga Kund in Govardhan, Uttar Pradesh came up for before the National Green Tribunal (NGT) on October 23. The counsel for the state informed the tribunal that the entire discharge of sewage from the houses in that area have been connected with a system leading to the sewage treatment plant, which is functional near Radha Kund.

The NGT directed the Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board (UPPCB) to take samples from Mansi Ganga Kund and get it tested as to whether the water was potable, fit for bathing and meet the prescribed standards under law. The report is to be submitted within 10 days.

The UPPCB has, meanwhile, also been instructed to ensure prevention of water pollution in the waterbody and take action against those discharging sewerage and dumping domestic waste in it.

Further, the district magistrate of Bharatpur has been asked to file an affidavit detailing the points of compliance relating to the orders passed with respect to Swagat Dwar and removal of cement tiles, which had been laid down in the Parikarma Marg causing difficulty to the pilgrims to walk barefoot for a distance of 21 kms.

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