Daily Court Digest: Major environment orders (September 23, 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: Monday 26 September 2022
Daily Court Digest: Major environment orders (June 7, 2022)

Fly ash

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) directed a joint committee to investigate into the illegal dumping of fly ash by Panipat Thermal Power Station in the Panipat district in Haryana.

The tribunal was responding to an application September 22, 2022.

Fly ash particles, a by-product of coal combustion, are dispersed over the villages Sutana, Jatal, Khukhrana, Untla and Aasan, the petitioner alleged.

The residents of these villages and the passengers travelling through the roads are facing difficulties due to this, they added.

The tribunal directed the constitution of a joint committee comprising the members of Central Pollution Control Board, Haryana State Pollution Control Board and the deputy commissioner of Panipat. 

It directed the committee to look into the applicant’s grievances and submit its report within one month. 

Waste dumping

A bridge over the Ghaggar river in the Panchkula district in Haryana is being used more for immersion of religious offerings and garbage dumping than for transportation, stated an application filed before the NGT.

The tribunal took cognisance of the matter and directed a committee to submit a report within two months.

Drinking water shortage

The NGT directed the Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board to investigate the alleged drinking water shortage in Raheta village in the Sonbhadra district of Uttar Pradesh.

The tribunal was responding to a complaint September 22, 2022.

The majority of the residents are from Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and backward communities. People from Kakri, Nakti, Basi and Parasi communities are suffering due to the lack of basic facilities here, the petitioner alleged.

Eight reverse osmosis plants have been installed and five of them are no longer functional. Similarly, the community centre constructed about thirty-four years ago is in dilapidated condition and has not been used for the last five years.

The NGT directed the committee to look into the applicant’s grievances and submit its report within a month.

Chande Baba Talab

The NGT, September 22, 2022,  directed the Uttar Pradesh government to constitute a committee to monitor Chande Baba Talab.

Chande Baba Talab, the largest lake in Lucknow city, is experiencing a reduction in its water level, stated an application filed before the NGT.

The lake, which attracted thousands of migratory birds, is now facing the threat of encroachments. The court directed the joint committee to verify the allegations by undertaking site visits.

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