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States to frame rules for appointments in pollution boards: SC

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The Supreme Court today directed all state governments to frame guidelines or recruitment rules within six months for appointment of suitable professionals in the State Pollution Control Boards (SPCBs). It set aside the August 24, 2016, order of National Green Tribunal (NGT) directing the state governments to reconsider the appointments and laying down guidelines for […]

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Citizens need to learn to keep their city clean: Delhi HC

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The citizens of the national capital need to learn to keep their city clean, the Delhi High Court today said while asking the civic bodies to fix a schedule for collection and disposal of garbage. “The citizens of the national capital should also have some responsibility. They should also learn about keeping their city clean,” […]

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NGT allows registration of vehicles for maintenance of sewer

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The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed the Delhi government to register two new diesel vehicles, conforming to BS-IV norms, for maintenance of sewer system. A bench, headed by Justice Sonam Phintso Wangdi, granted the relief on similar terms and conditions which were imposed by the NGT in its May 31 order in which it […]

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No construction inside Surajpur wetlands, NGT

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The National Green Tribunal has restrained Uttar Pradesh government from carrying out any construction inside Surajpur wetlands in Greater Noida after a plea claimed construction of permanent structures inside the eco-sensitive area. A wetland is a land area that is saturated with water, either permanently or seasonally, and has a distinct ecosystem. A bench headed by […]

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‘Rohtang: Redesign Gulaba barrier within a week’

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The National Green Tribunal has directed Himachal Pradesh government to redesign the barrier at Gulaba near Manali within a week and install requisite equipments to ensure proper management of the tourists. The green panel has also ordered the state government to properly manage mobile toilets units at Gulaba and other places besides effective waste disposal […]

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Metro rail projects need environmental nod: NGT

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The National Green Tribunal today held that all metro rail projects need environmental clearance after conducting proper Environment Impact Assessment. A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar said Noida Metro Rail, whose construction was challenged in the plea before it, fell under Schedule 8(b) of Environment Impact Assessment Notification, 2006, relating to buildings, […]

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NGT junks AOL’s plea for acceptance of fine as bank guarantee

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The National Green Tribunal on Tuesday junked the Art of Living’s (AOL) plea seeking its nod to accept the environment compensation, slapped for damaging Yamuna’s biodiversity, as bank guarantee instead of “payment of balance amount” of Rs 4.75 crore. The green panel also slapped a fine of Rs 5,000 on Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s AOL for filing […]

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NGT raps states on pollution,warns of action agnst cs

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The National Green Tribunal today took state governments to task for not taking a clear stand on pollution and vehicle density in major cities in their jurisdiction and directed them to produce the information by tomorrow failing which bailable warrants will be issued against chief secretaries. The green panel directed Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Tamil […]

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Sewage in Kosi: NGT slams U’khand for non compliance of order

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Irked over non-implementation of its order on pollution in river Kosi in Nainital, the National Green Tribunal has slammed the Uttarakhand government for the delay in filing an action plan for collection and disposal of sewage in the entire area. The green panel, which had constituted a committee last December and asked it to submit […]

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NGT raps civic bodies in Agra over waste around Taj Mahal

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The National Green Tribunal today came down heavily on the civic bodies in Agra district of Uttar Pradesh over rampant dumping of municipal solid waste on the floodplains of Yamuna near Taj Mahal leading to stagnation of water in the river. “Have you (civic bodies) seen the dirt around the Taj Mahal? It’s a world […]

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NGT restrains authorities from cutting trees in Punjab

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The National Green Tribunal has taken strong note of indiscriminate cutting of trees for various road widening projects in Punjab and restrained public authorities from felling trees in the entire state without its “specific permission”. A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar expressed concern over indiscriminate chopping of trees and asked the state […]

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NGT declares 5K fine for dumping waste in Aravallis

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Any individual spotted throwing waste or muck in the Aravalli forest would now have to pay a penalty of Rs 5000, the National Green Tribunal has said while slamming authorities over reckless dumping of industrial waste and construction debris in the green area. “Every person who is found to be throwing muck or waste in […]

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SC issues bailable warrants against CPCB Chairman

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The Supreme Court has issued bailable warrants against the chairman of the apex pollution monitoring body after he failed to appear and apprise it about the steps taken to prevent death of workers due to silicosis in Gujarat. “Despite service of notice on the Chairman of the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), there is neither […]

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NGT calls meeting of stakeholders on Ganga

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The National Green Tribunal has convened a meeting of all stakeholders involved in cleaning of River Ganga from Haridwar to Kanpur to deliberate on the mechanism to make the river pollution-free. A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar said the meeting would take place on May 20 at 1:00 PM in the conference […]

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NGT seeks Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s reply

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The National Green Tribunal today sought Art of Living (AOL) head Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s reply on an application which alleged the spiritual guru had termed its earlier order as “politically motivated”. A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar issued the notice and asked Sri Sri to file a reply within two weeks […]

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NGT bailable warrants against sr U’khand officials

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The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has issued bailable warrants against Environment Secretary of Uttarakhand government and other senior officials, including district magistrate of Nainital, for their failure to comply with its directions passed earlier. A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar slammed the Uttarakhand government observing that it needs to show “greater seriousness and […]

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May modify order on registration of diesel cars: SC

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The Supreme Court on Monday indicated of considering to modify its order banning registration of new diesel luxury cars and SUVs with an engine capacity of over 2,000 cc in Delhi and national capital region. A bench of Chief Justice T.S. Thakur, Justice R. Banumathi and A.K. Sikri said: “We are open to modifying the […]

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No paragliding, snow scooters at eco-sensitive Rohtang: NGT

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The National Green Tribunal today said no activities like paragliding and snow scooters would be permitted at Rohtang Pass in Himachal Pradesh as the “extremely eco-sensitive area” cannot be subjected to further degradation. A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar, however, clarified that it would be appropriate to permit some activities at lower […]

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Why other pollution issues not given emphasis as odd-even: NGT

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The National Green Tribunal today asked the Delhigovernment as to why it was not emphasising on the issues of pollution from dust and waste burning the way it had stressed on the odd-even scheme. “Why do not you (Delhi government) emphasis on the issues of dust and waste burning in a way you have emphasised […]

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Nobody wants to do anything: NGT on Ganga

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Irked by the lackadaisical approach of authorities concerned in dealing with the issues concerning pollution in river Ganga, the National Green Tribunal today observed that “nobody wants to do anything” on these aspects. “There is no use of calling meetings. We have got nothing from anybody about phase two (of cleaning of river Ganga),” a […]

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NGT pulls DJB on waste water treatment plant

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The National Green Tribunal on Monday came down heavily on Delhi Jal Board (DJB) over construction of a waste water treatment plant at Delhi Gate drain here and summoned its engineer to explain why untreated water was still going into the Yamuna. A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar also directed DJB to […]

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Remove wires twined around trees in Delhi: NGT

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The National Green Tribunal has taken strong objection to high tension cables encircling around trees and directed power distribution companies in the national capital to remove these wires expeditiously. “Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited, BSES Rajdhani Power Limited and BSES Yamuna Power Limited shall continue to remain obliged to remove wires twined around the trees […]

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Metro projects do not require prior EC:MoEF to NGT

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Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) and Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) have informed the National Green Tribunal that Metro Rail projects are not required to seek environmental clearance. The Environment Ministry told a bench headed by Justice U D Salvi that Railway projects and Metro Rail projects are not within the purview of 2006 Environmental […]

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NGT orders re-inspection in Coca Cola’s plant in UP

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The National Green Tribunal has ordered re-inspection into the premises of beverages major Coca Cola’s Hapur plant in Uttar Pradesh to investigate whether it was discharging effluents into a nearby pond. The green panel directed officials from Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) and Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board to inspect the Hapur plant after going […]

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