The top environmental cases heard in the Supreme Court, the high courts and the National Green Tribunal
Supreme Court wants HCNG project to adhere to timeline
To ensure that timelines are adhered by the Indian Oil Corporation on Hydrogen Enriched Compressed Natural Gas (HCNG) Project, the Supreme Court (SC) on November 28 ordered the Indian Oil Corporation to submit quarterly reports to EPCA for regular monitoring.
The Indian Oil Corporation Limited had informed the court that the HCNG Project is scheduled to be operational by 31st July, 2019 and the trial on buses with HCNG is likely to begin in August, 2019.
SC asks CEC to look into mule dung waste disposal at Vaishno Devi Shrine
The apex court on November 26 ordered the Central Empowered Committee to look into the matter of dung being generated by mules carrying pilgrims from Katra to Bhavan. The Court was informed that the provision for Solid Waste Management made by the Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board does not have adequate resource to deal with the quantity of dung generated. The dung is therefore either thrown into Ban Ganga or burnt or destroyed in some other manner.
SC stays NGT order regularising illegal structures in Kasauli
Supreme Court on November 28 stays the direction given by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) allowing regularisation of unauthorized structures by paying environmental compensation. The apex court says that "that the direction is not in consonance with the direction issued by this Court from time to time."
Closure of Sterlite plant cannot be sustained: NGT committee
The report of the Committee constituted by the National Green Tribunal to look into the closure of the Sterlite copper plant in Thoothukudi district of Tamil Nadu was put up for consideration on November 28 and it has termed the closure orders as unsustainable and against the principles of natural justice.
NGT orders West Bengal to pay Rs. 5 crore for deteriorating air quality of Kolkata
SC on November 27 expressed its displeasure at the State of West Bengal's failure to take effective measure to control the bad ambient air quality in the city of Kolkata and Howrah and directs the State to pay a sum of Rs. 5 crore as interim environmental compensation which shall be deposited with the Central Pollution Control Board.
No industrial activities in residential areas of Mathura: SC
The NGT in its order of November 28 said that if any unit is found operating in the residential areas of Mathura, the Administration may dismantle the tank and machinery will be removed. Further any unit out of 77 seeking restoration of water /electricity connection/ de-sealing will be required to furnish an undertaking before the District Administration and the UPPCB and other concerned authorities will ensure that there is no violation of environment laws at Jai Singh Pura industrial area.
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