Down To Earth brings you the top environmental cases heard in the Supreme Court, the high courts and the National Green Tribunal
Chalfilh tourist destination project in Mizoram
A single-member bench of Justice SP Wangdi, assisted by expert member Satyawan Singh Garbyal of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) on October 30, 2019 directed the Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change and the state of Mizoram to file fresh affidavits on clearances given to Chalfilh tourist destination Phase I & II.
The application filed by the Centre for Environment Protection had said the project was in violation of the Forest Act, 1980 and Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) Notification, 2006.
Satluj river pollution
The NGT on October 31 directed the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) to look into the pollution of the Satluj river at Nangal in Ropar due to the discharge of sewer and waste water of Bhakra Beas Management Board and Municipal Council, Nangal.
The tribunal also said the order, along with the complaint, should be sent to the PPCB and also to Justice Jasbir Singh, former judge of Punjab and Haryana High Court, heading a Committee looking into controlling the pollution of the Satluj.
Effluents discharged into sea from Jhagadia
The NGT on October 31 directed a joint committee comprising of Central Pollution Control Board, Gujarat Coastal Zone Management Authority and Gujarat State Pollution Control Board be constituted.
It will look into effluents being discharged into the sea through a pipeline from Jhagadia to Kantiyajal in Gujarat’s Bharuch district in violation of environmental norms. It has to take action in accordance with law and submit a report within one month.
Out-still liquor manufacturing units in Odisha
The NGT on October 30 directed the Odisha State Pollution Control Board (OSPCB) to permit out-still liquor units operating in the state to continue operations for at least 15 days, “subject to the unit obtaining all the requisite permissions for the purpose”.
After 15 days of operation, the OSPCB is to collect samples of water used and analyse those in terms of the parameters laid down for the purpose and then decide as to whether a unit would fall under the ‘green’ or the ‘orange’ category.
The OSPCB has to submit the report before January 8, 2020.
Pollution by agro feed factory in Ranga Reddy
The NGT on October 31 directed the district magistrate of Ranga Reddy and the Telangana Pollution Control Board (TSPCB) to look into the pollution caused by Kisan Agro Feeds Factory in Yacharam village of the district during the process of extracting oil from the dead bodies of animals.
The oil was mixed with edible oils causing hazard to the public health, according to a complainant.
The NGT directed the magistrate and the TSPCB to take appropriate action in accordance with law and furnish a factual and action taken report in the matter within two months.
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