Down to Earth - - THE FORTNIGHT -

On July 21, in the case re­gard­ing dam­age to the Ya­muna river's flood plains dur­ing the three-day Art of Liv­ing event in Delhi, the Na­tional Green Tri­bunal (NGT) di­rected the Delhi De­vel­op­ment Author­ity to nom­i­nate a se­nior of­fi­cer as a mem­ber of the com­mit­tee which shall sub­mit an ac­tion plan to NGT on the flood plains.

On July 31, the Supreme Court di­rected that no man­u­fac­tured fire-crack­ers shall con­tain an­ti­mony, lithium, mer­cury, ar­senic and lead in any form what­so­ever and it is the re­spon­si­bil­ity of the Petroleum and Ex­plo­sive Safety Or­gan­i­sa­tion to en­sure com­pli­ance, par­tic­u­larly in Si­vakasi.

On July 21, in a case re­gard­ing il­le­gal min­ing and sink­ing of the area in and around Umaria, Mad­hya Pradesh, NGT or­dered that the mat­ter be taken up ur­gently so as to take nec­es­sary steps to pre­vent the loss of any life and prop­erty.

On July 25, NGT di­rected the Ut­tarak­hand Pol­lu­tion Con­trol Board to sub­mit an af­fi­davit stat­ing the time pe­riod from which in­dus­tries in Dehradun's Pharma City have been op­er­at­ing with­out the con­sent of the Board. The fac­to­ries are ac­cused of dis­charg­ing toxic waste into the Ya­muna river.

On Au­gust 9, the Patna High Court or­dered the Bi­har gov­ern­ment to sub­mit within four weeks, its plan and time frame to re­pair the 4,095 non­func­tional tube­wells in the state.

On July 21, NGT re­quested its West­ern Zonal Bench in Pune to hear the mat­ter re­gard­ing the pro­posed in­ter­na­tional air­port at Mopa vil­lage in Goa ex­pe­di­tiously and prefer­ably on dayto-day ba­sis.

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