Conservation of wetlands: SC imposes Rs 50K as costs on MoEF

The Supreme Court today slapped Rs 50,000 as costs on the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) for not complying with its order on identification and inventorising over two lakh wetlands in the country and notifying the new rules. The apex court had in February directed the Centre to notify Wetlands (Conservation and Management) Rules, […]

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Finalise emission norms for diesel locomotives: NGT to MoEF

The National Green Tribunal has directed the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) to finalise the emission standards for diesel locomotives within two months. A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar passed the order after the counsel for the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) refuted its own earlier submission that the emission norms, […]

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Metro projects do not require prior EC:MoEF to NGT

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 notice to MoEF on Noida-Greater Noida metro line

The National Green Tribunal has sought the response of Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) and Uttar Pradesh government among others on a petition challenging the construction of upcoming Noida-Greater Noida metro line. A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar issued notice to Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF), Delhi and Noida Metro […]

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Suo motu PIL in Gujarat High Court on new tourism zone in Gir

The Gujarat High Court today sought explanation from the Centre and the state government on a plan to set up new tourist zone in the Gir Asiatic lions sanctuary. The court took up the issue as a suo motu PIL. The division bench comprising justices Akil Kureshi and J B Pardiwala served notices to the […]

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SC asks MoEF to decide on clearance to Adani SEZ

The Supreme Court today asked the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) to take a decision on grant or denial of clearances to Adani Port Special Economic Zone (APSEZ) within eight weeks. A forest bench headed by Justice J S Khehar, expressing unhappiness over delay, said this will be the last chance to the ministry […]

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SC bans green nod for new hydro-power units in Uttarakhand

Expressing concern over the recent rain havoc in Uttarakhand, the Supreme Court Tuesday told the central and state governments not to grant environmental clearance for any hydro-power project in the hill state. “We direct the MoEF as well as state of Uttarakhand not to grant any further environmental or forest clearance for any hydroelectric power […]

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Atomic energy regulator yet to file Kudankulum report in SC

The Indian atomic energy regulator has not yet filS.P. Udayakumar,ed with the Supreme Court its report on the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project (KNPP, an anti-KNPP activist said Wednesday. “In response to an application filed under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, the AERB (Atomic Energy Regulatory Board) in its reply dated July 1 said: ‘The […]

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No violation is minor: MoEF

Whether a project developer builds a factory or a part of it illegally, the environment ministry will treat the entire construction illegal and won’t classify the violations as major and minor, unlike a proposal that was mooted earlier.   A move had been made to dilute the norms of the ministry of environments and forests […]

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Constructions in Delhi Ridge: court notice to ministries

The Delhi High Court has issued notice to the ministry of environment and forests (MoEF) and the ministry of defence (MoD) on a petition seeking a stay on the construction of staff quarters by cutting trees in Delhi’s green Ridge area. A Division Bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justice Sanjiv Khanna Wednesday issued […]

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