Daily Court Digest: Major environment orders (August 1, 2022)

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

By DTE Staff
Published: Monday 01 August 2022

Olive Ridley turtles

The Department of Fisheries, Tamil Nadu, has filed its report on the impact of the construction of wharves in Kaliveli backwaters.

“Due to the construction of fishing wharf in Kaluveli backwaters, all the boats from potential Olive Ridley nesting sites will be shifted to the wharf,” the report stated. 

Thus, the potential nesting sites are made available for the free movement of Olive Ridley turtles, the report added. The construction of a fishing wharf in Kaluveli waters will also increase the nestling area of Olive Ridley turtles.

It will also help in the safe berthing of 32 mechanised fishing vessels, 177 non-motorised boats and 1,363 motorised non-mechanical boats, the report added.

Industrial areas in Kanpur

Cumulative impact assessment and carrying capacity of industrial areas (Kanpur-Unnao belt) must be considered and undertaken before granting permission for setting up any water polluting units in the Ganga river basin, said a report by the amicus curiae regarding the water pollution by tanneries in Uttar Pradesh.

All projects in this region should possess compulsory environmental clearance, supported by an environmental impact assessment and cost-benefit analysis.

There should not be any new construction or development activity in these areas and restoration work along with water harvesting programmes must be initiated, said the report.

The report was filed before the National Green Tribunal (NGT) July 30, 2022.

Restoration of waterbody

The NGT Eastern Zone Bench in Kolkata directed the District Magistrate, Purba Bardhaman, West Bengal, to take all necessary steps to remove encroachments from waterbodies in Mouza-Baidyadanga in Rasulpur village within one month.

The NGT judgement was in response to an application filed by Rasulpur Dana Welfare Society, a non-profit. The society November 16, 2021, had filed an application before the NGT regarding the conversion of two ponds into garbage dumps.

The area should be restored to its original form and steps should be taken to remove water hyacinths, the judgment stated.

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