Daily Court Digest: Major environment orders (January 6, 2023)

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

By DTE Staff
Published: Monday 09 January 2023
Daily Court Digest: Major environment orders (June 7, 2022)

Dumping of waste in Rangadi village

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed the constitution of a joint committee to investigate the allegations of dumping of solid waste in Rangadi village, Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh.

The committee comprises members from the Himachal Pradesh State Pollution Control Board and the district magistrate, Kullu.

The tribunal, while responding to a petition January 4, 2022, directed the committee to submit a report within two months.

“The waste thrown in open is ultimately going/thrown in river Beas causing contamination of water,” the petitioner had alleged.

Illegal dumping of solid waste is causing health hazards to local residents and students of nearby schools. Nearly 40 cattle have died after eating decomposed garbage thrown on open land, the petitioner alleged.

Violation of environmental norms 

The NGT has directed a committee to investigate allegations regarding violation of environmental norms while constructing the Bironkhal-Kedargali-Naulapur-Khetu motor road in Uttarakhand.

The tribunal January 4, was responding to a petition filed by DK Joshi, an advocate.

The petitioner had filed an application before the NGT against the dumping of muck, debris and the illegal cutting of trees while constructing the road.

The construction is taking place near Nakuri on National Highway 309. “Due to this NH 309 and State Highway No 51 (Bironkhal-Kedargali-Naulapur-Khetu Motor Road) have been blocked,” the applicant added.

Illegal mining in Rajaji National Park 

The NGT has directed a committee to look into allegations of illegal mining and stone-crushing in Rajaji National Park, Uttarakhand.

The tribunal was responding to an application January 4. The committee comprises the director of Rajaji National Park and members from the Uttarakhand Pollution Control Board.

The tribunal asked the committee to visit the site, collect relevant information and submit the report within two months. The absence of a wall to protect flora and fauna of the reserved forest of Rajaji National Park has endangered its biodiversity, the petitioner alleged.

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