Down to Earth - - THE FORTNIGHT -

On Septem­ber 20, the Delhi High Court di­rected the Cen­tre and the Delhi govern­ment to take ef­fec­tive steps to en­sure that dengue pa­tients were not de­nied treat­ment or ad­mis­sion in any hospi­tal of Delhi.

On Septem­ber 30, the Supreme Court pulled up Kar­nataka for de­fy­ing its or­der and asked the state to re­lease 6,000 cusecs of Cau­very water per day to Tamil Nadu dur­ing Oc­to­ber 1-6.

On Septem­ber 21, the Na­tional Green Tri­bunal (NGT) re­strained the South­ern Rail­way from car­ry­ing out any non-for­est ac­tiv­i­ties on its land ad­join­ing the Man­gala­vanam Bird Sanc­tu­ary in Kochi un­til fur­ther or­ders. On Septem­ber 20, NGT di­rected the Chief Sec­re­tary of Ut­tar Pradesh to pass ap­pro­pri­ate or­ders for the re­moval of il­le­gal en­croach­ments in the Hin­don Bird Sanc­tu­ary near Ghazi­abad.

On Septem­ber 16, NGT re­stricted the con­struc­tion of struc­tures spread over 20,000 square me­tres in the Patna metropoli­tan re­gion.

On Septem­ber 20, NGT di­rected the Union Min­istry of Ex­ter­nal Af­fairs to con­tinue dis­cus­sions with the govern­ment of Bangladesh for set­ting up of an ef­flu­ent treat­ment plant for the in­dus­tries con­tribut­ing to the pol­lu­tion of the river Matha­banga which sub­se­quently flows into river Churni in West Ben­gal. On Septem­ber 17, NGT di­rected the for­est depart­ment of Odisha to in­spect Utkal Alu­mina In­ter­na­tional Lim­ited at Raya­gada to check whether its re­fin­ery unit and mines are on for­est land.

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