The tribunal has not been provided with the infrastructure, staff or resources to properly function.
“After hearing the counsel for the parties today and upon consideration of the facts and circumstances set out in the various affidavits, we find that the presence of ASI and their reply is essential for an effective adjudication of the case.”
In a rare conviction, Haryana Paneer Bhandar, a sweets manufacturer, was sentenced to two years’ imprisonment for discharging untreated effluents in the Yamuna.
In many small but significant ways, 2017 has shown that the idea of a river as a living thing is resilient and survives.
The green panel has also restrained carrying of personal belongings including mobile phones beyond the last checkpoint.
The Tribunal has also directed that the Rs 5 crore paid by the organisation as a fine be utilised by the DDA for restoration of the affected area.
The two main ambiguities in the Act’s regulatory mechanism are what is regulated and who are obligated to share benefits under the Act.
The lanes of the Jantar Mantar have now fallen silent. Has the gulf between the authorities and the people widened?
By raising funds from the Green Climate Fund board, the government can help farmers meet partially or fully the cost of clearing their farms of crop residue by means other than burning it.
If a circuit bench were to be set up in Goa – a discussion the state government wants to avoid – activists say there would be four times the number of cases that are currently before the Pune bench.
The court has set aside an NGT order on the matter saying the tribunal doesn’t have jurisdiction, but made it clear that future legal challenges are welcome.
Will nature be crushed underfoot by the ease of doing business? Or will ecological wisdom thrive? It truly is time for India to decide.
Sabha president Imran Khan submitted a memorandum claiming around 12,000 pilgrims are facing difficulties and may agitate if the Haj House isn’t opened.
While reforms have been enacted, the regulations are unclear and full of loopholes that allows operators to lawfully engage in unsustainable, polluting mining.
The environment tribunal bench granted relief to the DDA after it was argued that if the stay order on construction was not lifted then it would cause great loss to the public exchequer.
DDA has been told to submit a report within a week, after consulting the expert panel’s assessment of damages.
The plea claimed that directions were issued under the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986 by the CPCB chairman on July 21, 2015 to 318 thermal power plants.
Construction of the sewage treatments plants falls under Maily Se Nirmal Yamuna project, initiated on the directions of the NGT.
The expert committee had stated that Rs 42.02 crore would be required to restore the floodplains from the damage caused to it by the Art of Living’s cultural event.
Police had said it is suspected that the leakage might have happened due to the containers not being properly sealed after being checked.
Scientific facts have failed to quell misinformation, an assertion of democratic rights has failed to inspire trust and the EIA has failed as an instrument of legitimisation.
The Art of Living founder has said the government and NGT should be held responsible if any environmental damage had been caused.
Despite much hue and cry, the NGT had allowed the AOL to hold the three-day festival in the region as a fait accompli last year.
The committee observed that the entire floodplain area used for the main event has been completely destroyed, not simply damaged.
By putting the NGT in charge of monitoring the Ganga, the Supreme Court has highlighted the ineptitude of the central government, which has failed to take major action for more than 30 years, despite the constant reproach of the judiciary.
The NGT’s views in the Okhla case also underscore a trend towards technocratic decision-making that sees technology as a panacea to all policy challenges.
The interests of commercial tourist enterprises have overridden ecological concerns and the understanding of ecotourism is blatantly unsatisfactory.
How well we have failed that garbage, our dirtiest possessions, ends up inside sanctuaries, our cleanest places!
Chennai’s Ennore Creek is still revivable and T.M. Krishna’s appeal through the ‘Poromboke’ song is doing its bit to create awareness.
After years of being labelled as ‘obstructionist’, India has shown that it is also a part of positive climate action.
The fishermen fear that the project will affect the coastal area near Mumbai, threaten the natural aquatic ecosystem and consequently affect their livelihood.
In a December 2015 order, the National Green Tribunal had called for a curb on straw burning, and had recommended that satellite-based monitoring mechanisms be adopted and local government officers engaged to take action against stubble burning.
As the Challakere kavals are turned into a strategic research complex, hard questions remain about whom these grasslands belong to – and what they really are.
AOL termed the expert committer’s report that found that the World Culture Festival organised by it had caused possible irreversible damage to the Yamuna floodplain, as biased.
While several civic bodies are responsible, wetlands have been largely ignored despite their ecological importance.
Activists are hopeful that the judgments will help deter private companies from functioning with impunity and under the cover of governmental apathy.
While the case is now scheduled for the next hearing on August 28, the final outcome of the damage caused, if any, will ultimately be decided based not on rhetoric but on some solid scientific evidence.
Levelling land to construct for the World Culture Festival has caused possibly irreversible damage to the vegetation, organisms, water bodies and floodwater retention capacity of the Yamuna floodplain.
The ministry wants to justify its proposal for after-the-fact blessing of a project by deceptively quoting parts of the EPA settlement guidelines completely out of context.
The National Green Tribunal has asked for an accounting of the amount of waste-water released into the Kolkata wetlands, raising a glimmer of hope for the unique ecosystem struggling for survival in the backyard of India’s eastern metropolis.