Down To Earth brings you the top environmental cases heard in the Supreme Court, the high courts and the National Green Tribunal
CWPRS to submit report on flood in Ghaggar basin
The Supreme Court (SC) on September 23, 2019 directed Haryana and Punjab to provide information required by the Central Water and Power Research Station (CWPRS), Pune that would help in expediting the enquiry pertaining to the mitigation of the flood problem in the Ghaggar basin.
The inquiry was supposed to be completed and subsequent report filed by the first week of July 2019.
The apex court directed that the investigation should be completed by December 31, 2019, so that a report could be submitted immediately thereafter.
Fish drying pollutes Madh Island
An application alleging use of foreshore land for drying fish in Erangal village of Madh Island, Mumbai came up before the National Green Tribunal (NGT)
The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on September 24, 2019 asked for a report from a joint Committee comprising of the collector of the Mumbai Suburban District, the Maharashtra Coastal Zone Management Authority, the municipal commissioner of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation and the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board to look into the alleged use of coastal land for drying fish in Erangal village of Madh Island, Mumbai.
The tribunal asked the committee to verify the facts and submit a report within one month.
The NGT was responding to a petition which alleged that the said activity caused air pollution and was also against the Development Control Regulations for Greater Mumbai and CRZ notification.
“If the allegations are found to be correct, appropriate action be initiated in accordance with law for mitigation of the environment,” the NGT order said.
Shut down Aurangabad water unit
The NGT on September 24, 2019 ordered the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board and the regional director of the Central Ground Water Board to take appropriate action against an illegal industrial unit manufacturing packaged drinking water in Aurangabad's residential Ahinsangar area.
The unit was also extracting groundwater illegally through dug wells and bore wells, it was alleged in a report submitted by a committee comprising of the commissioner of the Aurangabad Municipal Corporation, the regional officer of the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board and the regional director of the Central Ground water Board.
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