Down To Earth brings you the top environmental cases heard in the Supreme Court, the high courts and the National Green Tribunal
Taloja industrial pollution
The Supreme Court on November 8, 2019 directed the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) to issue notices to 324 industrial units in Taloja, Navi Mumbai, who have failed to pay their share of cost for the upgradation of the common effluent treatment plant. The defaulting units together had to pay Rs 18 crore. The notices have to be issued within one week.
The units would then be given a period of three weeks within which they have to pay the amount mentioned in the notices.
In the event of default, the MIDC has the liberty to proceed against them in accordance with law and move the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board to discontinue water supply of the defaulting units.
Use of plastic during elections
The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on November 8 directed the Election Commission of India, chief electoral officers of all states and union territories and the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) to see to it the directions given by the Commission and the Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change on the use of plastic during elections are complied with.
The CPCB had filed a report which mentioned that the Election Commission had issued letters to all political parties and chief electoral officers about the use of PVC and chlorinated plastics for banners and hoardings for promotion and advertising during elections.
The MoEF&CC also had written a letter in January 2019 to chief secretaries and chief electoral officers to use alternative options in election campaigning material such as compostable plastics, natural fabrics and recycled paper material.
Hazardous waste dumping in Kakrola village
The NGT on November 8 directed the South Delhi Municipal Corporation and the Delhi Pollution Control Committee to furnish a factual and action-taken report on the application filed by Subrata Ghosh about the dumping of toxic and hazardous waste in Sulahkum Vihar, Old Palam Road, Kakrola village, New Delhi.
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