Daily Court Digest: Major environment orders (August 18, 2022)

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

By DTE Staff
Published: Thursday 18 August 2022

Jamnagar Zoo

Greens Zoological Rescue and Rehabilitation Centre (GZRCC) is a a legally recognised zoo and rescue centre, the Supreme Court (SC) stated August 16, 2022.

The court was responding to a public interest litigation filed by advocate Kanhaiya Kumar. He had criticised the Central Zoo Authority (CZA) for permitting GZRRC to establish a zoo in Jamnagar district, Gujarat.

The CZA had also permitted GZRRC, to import several endangered, vulnerable and threatened animals from abroad and domestically, the court heard.

GZRRC should be banned from acquiring animals from any person, government department or zoo in India and abroad, the petitioner stated.

Stone crushing 

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed the Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) to explain as to why stone crushing was not included in its Parivesh portal or the Environment Impact Assessment EIA Notification 2006.

The direction was in response to an application filed by Biplab Kumar Chowdhury. Larsen and Toubro Ltd and Simplex Infrastructure Ltd were operating their stone crushing units in the bed of the Raidak river in West Bengal, the applicant stated.

They were also extracting big stones and boulders from the river bed, crushing them into small cubicles and selling the same for commercial gain without obtaining necessary permissions.

The State Level Environment Impact Assessment Authority, had informed the court in its affidavit that stone crushing had not been included in the EIA Notification. There was also no provision regarding it in the Parivesh portal of the MoEF&CC, it added.

The office memorandum of the MoEF&CC stipulates all environmental clearance files to be processed strictly through the Parivesh portal.

Arunachal river pollution 

The NGT has expressed displeasure with the Government of Arunachal Pradesh for seeking more time to file its reply on waste disposal in the rivers Senki, Pachin and Dikrong.

The matter has been pending in court since November 2020 and the tribunal has now refused to grant any further time to the government for filing a counter affidavit.

The state government was supposed to bring on record the action taken plan to remedy the environmental degradation caused to the three rivers Senki, Pachin and Dikrong.

Mining near Damodar

The NGT has directed the district magistrate of Bankura in West Bengal to file a personal affidavit for failure to comply with the court’s directions. The court had earlier directed to take action against illegal mining in the mouza of Gopalpur in the state.

The NGT was hearing a petition filed by Prabir Kumar Bose.

The petitioner had stated that Marco Franesco Shoes Pvt Ltd was carrying out mining on the Damodar riverbed without a valid environmental clearance.

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