Down To Earth brings you the top environmental cases heard in the Supreme Court, the high courts and the National Green Tribunal
Waste dumping along Ramganga
The National Green Tribunal on September 23, 2019 ordered that all electronic waste and black powder dumped unscientifically along the Ramganga river in Uttar Pradesh’s Moradabad district be processed according to law.
Unscientific dismantling of e-waste is in violation of the Hazardous and Other Waste (Management and Transboundary Movement) Rules, 2016, the tribunal told the Central pollution Control Board (CPCB).
An action plan was prepared with two stages of execution — setting up of temporary storage and then permanent facility, according to a report submitted by the state’s chief secretary.
Temporary storage began and several steps were taken for permanent disposal in a treatment, storage and disposal facility in Amroha, read a status report. The entire process will be done in three months, it added.
Encroachment in Faridabad
The NGT on September 23, 2019 directed the principal chief conservator of forest and head of forest force, Haryana and the district magistrate, Faridabad to look into illegal construction in forest adjacent to Kant Enclave, Faridabad, Haryana.
The authorities have to submit a factual and action taken report in a month.
Commercial buildings in Haryana violate environmental compliance
The tribunal, while hearing a matter on September 23, 2019 regarding alleged environmental violations in construction of commercial towers in an an area of 12 lakh square metres Haryana, ordered that a probe be conducted.
The NGT asked the member secretaries of State Environment Impact Assessment Authority and Haryana State Pollution Control Board to look into the matter and submit a report.
It was alleged that the construction started in May 2016, but environmental clearance was given only in May 2018. Also, no clearance was taken from the National Board for Wildlife, claimed the applicant.
The complaint included environmental non-compliance in the setting up of the STP and no use of construction materials like fly ash, brick, hollow bricks and fly ash lime gypsum blocks.
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