Daily Court Digest: Major environment orders (June 5, 2020)

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: Friday 05 June 2020

Pond encroachment in Haryana’s Rewari

The Haryana State Pollution Control Board (HSPCB) asked the executive officer of Rewari municipal council to show cause for not complying with Municipal Solid Waste Rules, 2016.

This was regarding dumping of garbage and encroachment of a pond in the city’s Pratap Pur area, HSPCB told the National Green Tribunal (NGT). The dumping was revealed during an inspection on of municipal garbage near the pond at village Pratap Pur, in response to an NGT order from September 18, 2019.

The HSPCB’s regional office in Dharuhera directed the executive officer to submit an action taken report on non-removal of garbage near the pond.

The municipal council November 29 replied that work was being done to remove encroachments and that drive for removal of garbage from the vicinity of pond was done on a regular basis by the council, along with an awareness program conducted for the public.

The site was visited by a field officer of the HSPCB along with representatives of the municipal council and it was found that the garbage was removed from the site.

The municipal council also said it allotted work for the development of integrated solid waste management at Ram Singh Pura village for the collection, transportation, processing and disposal of solid waste in Rewari district.

The council also submitted the details of progress achieved under the Rewari Cluster Project for Management of Solid Waste.

Noise pollution in Delhi

Delhi’s Commissioner of Police has constituted specialised Operational Committees to implement and monitor noise pollution effectively.

Two hundred forty-four sound level meters (SLMs) were procured by the Delhi Police and distributed to designated police officers, so that all police stations have at least one SLM.

This was stated in a report filed by the Noise Pollution-cum-Deputy Commissioner of Police, Delhi before the NGT.

A training for all designated police officers under the noise pollution rules was conducted as well.

A public redressal mechanism was implemented to promptly resolve complaints.

Grievances registered on a web portal were being attended to by respective police station house officers and Assistant Commissioners of Police for early disposal.

Approximately 971 calls and 502 grievances were registered in the web portal between January 1 and March 15, 2020. During the same period, 4,427 legal actions were taken against noise violators.

Granite mining in Madhya Pradesh’s Chattarpur

The NGT on June 3 directed the formation of a joint committee to look into the matter of granite mining across 11.75 hectares in Chattarpur’s Luv Kush Nagar.

The committee should comprise of the following members:

  • District Collector, Chattarpur
  • A representative of the Madhya Pradesh Pollution Control Board
  • Mining Officer, Chhatarpur

The committee has to submit a report within four weeks. An application filed in the NGT called for quashing of a prospective license issued to the miner in February 2016, issue closure orders and quantify damage caused to the environment.

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