Daily Court Digest: Major environment orders (October 19, 2022)

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: Wednesday 19 October 2022

Dumpsite remediation

The National Green Tribunal directed Coimbatore’s district and local authorities to look into the management of a dumpsite in the city.

The tribunal was responding to a petition October 17, 2022.

The petitioner alleged that the dumpsite has not been remediated and the earlier orders from various courts have been disregarded.

A woman died while collecting plastic waste April 8, 2022 due to the unscientific management of the dumpsite, the petitioner added.

Coal mining 

The NGT has dismissed an application challenging the validity of the office memorandums issued by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change.

The NGT was responding to a petition September 18.

Core processes for granting environment clearance for the expansion of coal mining projects have been diluted, the petitioner stated.

The memorandums issued by the ministry had relaxed the criteria of public hearings for expansion projects, the petitioner alleged.

The memorandum seriously undermined the Environmental Impact Assessment Notification issued September 14, 2006. It defeated the precautionary and sustainable development principles, the petitioner added.

Groundwater pollution

Encroachment of a pond in Khuriavali village in the Bulandshahr district in Uttar Pradesh have polluted groundwater, stated an application filed before the NGT.

The tribunal October 17, directed the district magistrate of Bulandshahr to look into the matter and take remedial actions.

Factories in residential areas 

The NGT has directed the Delhi Pollution Control Committee to file an action-taken report regarding the violation of environmental norms by illegal factories in residential areas of Maujpur.

The tribunal was responding to a petition October 17. The petitioner stated that the factories that manufacture plastic bags and jeans use acid, gum and other toxic materials, resulting in pollution.

Ganga pollution

The NGT has directed the district magistrate of Kanpur to regulate the wastewater discharge into the Ganga. The NGT was responding to an application October 17.

Baikunth Ashram at Luv Kush Nagar has been discharging water into the river, the petitioner alleged. The magistrate should also regulate the illegal constructions on the flood plains of the river, the tribunal added.

Brick kilns 

The NGT directed the district magistrate of Sultanpur in Uttar Pradesh to look into the complaint filed by Dilshad Hussain. The applicant pointed out the illegal operation of a brickfield in Angnakol village.

The brick kiln falls within the prohibited area as it is close to a school, the applicant said.

Garbage dumping 

The NGT directed the Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, Ghaziabad, to take appropriate remedial action against garbage dumping in the ponds in Morta village in Uttar Pradesh.

The municipal commissioner should furnish action taken report with photographs, the order added.

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